Career in homeland security

If you want to work for the Department of Homeland Security, you will be presented with different and unique career opportunities. Each of these careers will challenge you emotionally and physically but can also be very rewarding at the same time. An employee of the Department of Homeland Security works to secure US border, airports, waterways, and will also respond to natural disasters and fight against terrorism.
Like all other federal employees, an employee of the Department of Homeland Security must be a U.S. citizen. Along with being a U.S. citizen, the potential employee must be able to pass any drug test and background investigations conducted on them. If the individual passes these tests, they must also past rigorous physical fitness tests as well. When it comes to education requirements, a bachelor’s degree is not required, but receiving a degree in the future while pursuing a career in homeland security may mean better pay and job opportunities. Some higher positions such as secret service agents will prefer the individual have a bachelor’s degree.
It is ideal for current students and recent graduates apply for a career in homeland security. There are flexible hours, performance pay increases (meaning the better the performance the potential for your pay to increase) and also the ability to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Those who work as an employee of homeland security also are given competitive benefits such as health insurance, paid holidays, student loan repayment, and even tuition reimbursement.
Depending on which career you decide in, the pay scale will be different. For example, those working for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) earn a yearly median between $25,518 to $38,277. Those who work customs and patrol the border, their salaries are divided and sorted by experience and rank. Immigration and customs enforcement employees, also known as criminal investigators start with an annual base pay range of $33,829 to $42,055. Lastly secret service agents start with a base annual pay of $42,948 to $55,413. All these salaries can increase as time and experience grows.
If you are a U.S. citizen who wishes to protect the country against natural disasters and also potential terrorism, then you might want to look into making a career with the Department of Homeland Security. There are plenty of benefits and incentives that will motivate you to reach your career potential.
Sources:
1. http://www.dhs.gov/why-you-should-work-us-department-homeland-security
2. http://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/get-homeland-security-job
3. http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2006/summer/art01.pdf

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