Although we tend to think of homeland security as being a new initiative since 9/11, in fact the Department of Homeland Security is the consolidation of some 22 agencies, which were fragmented Federal functions. The Department of Homeland Security creates a unified initiative to protect America from the threat of terrorism.
The DHS works with citizens, businesses, government departments and other institutions in the country to ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach to homeland security. It also ensures that the people who are recruited to the various homeland security posts are of the best. There is recognition that this kind of initiative is only successful if the people who are carrying it out are informed, prepared and skilled at their jobs.
If you are interested in becoming involved in homeland security, you need to be able to give high performance, be committed to teamwork and to be flexible. The DHS puts a premium on education, and commitment to learning in the form of continuing education. Training and leadership initiatives in the DHS and in related businesses depend on skills training, and you will enter a homeland security career at a higher level with good qualifications.
Homeland security will be a part of our culture for the foreseeable future, and will give good career opportunities. If this is an area you are interested in, higher education will help you to build the career you want.
Publish date: February 10, 2011