Positions at the Department of Homeland Security are wide-ranging and available to many Americans. The average salary is close to $80,000 and the job offers a number of valuable benefits to an employee.
Applicants with military and counterintelligence experience are given preference in the application process. U.S. citizenship is required of all applicants, as is an ability to pass rigorous background and drug tests. Many positions require little experience, an associates’ degree or higher and are open to all Americans.
Types of Jobs
There are four categories in which most Homeland Security workers are classified. These categories are information analysis and infrastructure protection, border and transportation security, emergency preparedness and response, as well as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear countermeasures. Jobs range from internships and entry-level positions to consultants and special agents. Homeland Security does hire those with experience in the private sector as there are many components to the agency.
The average salary for a homeland security official is estimated at $79,000. Salary is also dependent on job type. For example, special agents make about $170,000 while federal officers make slightly more than $40,000 a year.
Benefits include health insurance, a retirement plan, flexible work schedules and leaves for vacations and illnesses.
Students looking toward a career in Homeland Security are encouraged to take courses in emergency services management, communications and psychology. The Department wants students to be able to think analytically, investigate problems and solve them with ease.