careers in homeland securityAs a criminal justice student at Grantham University, you have probably decided that you want to work for the government. And you’re not alone. The federal government employs over two million civilian workers – nearly 1.5 percent of all workers in the United States.1

With the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program at Grantham, we offer two concentrations so you can focus your career path in a specific direction: homeland security or computer science. If you are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in the criminal justice program and want to focus on the homeland security concentration, know that careers in homeland security are growing.

Approximately 230,000 people are employed by the Department of Homeland Security.2 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents patrol borders and guard ports of entry. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deploys relief supplies to disaster areas, helping people after floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and fires. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners ensure the safety of air and rail travelers. United States Secret Service (USSS) agents have the prestigious responsibility of protecting the President of the United States.

And starting one of the many careers in homeland security doesn’t have to be limited to submitting an application and resume online through a search engine, although that is an option.

Starting Your Search for Careers in Homeland Security

When you graduate from Grantham, you may wonder where to begin finding opportunities for careers in homeland security. One popular way is through the United States government’s own search engine, USAJOBS.3 With this site, you can type in keywords such as “Department of Homeland Security (DHS)” for the specific type of position or department you want. You can also type in your city, state and zip code to find job openings in your area.

When you’ve decided what to search, you’ll see a list of job openings. These listings will tell you the starting salary, whether it’s a temporary or permanent position, if it’s full or part-time and how long the job opening will be listed.

There are additional opportunities to get your foot in the DHS door, though.

Alternative Ways to Find DHS Jobs

Although going through a search engine and finding a compiled list of job openings is a tried and true way of finding a quality job, you may want to take a different approach. Here are two programs you can pursue after graduating with your BA in Criminal Justice:

1. Secretary’s Honors Program

The Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP) is a competitive program for outstanding entry-level professionals looking for a career with the DHS. Qualified candidates apply for a limited number of slots and are selected based on their academic performance, experience and other criteria.

If you’re selected for the program, you will be offered a variety of incentives and enhanced career opportunities, including department rotations and mentorships, focused on-the-job training and inclusion in various professional development programs.

2. Grantham University’s Career Services Department

And of course, we can’t forget to mention Grantham’s own dedicated Career Services Department and the Pathways career management system, which hosts hundreds, if not thousands, of open job postings related to all programs at Grantham, including criminal justice.

Preparing for Your Path to Homeland Security

Prepare yourself to secure our nation, our nation’s resources or your local community – earn your online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Grantham University. This online degree program prepares you with the knowledge you need to excel in the criminal justice workforce or to pursue alternative routes to a variety of careers in homeland security through DHS career programs.

Whatever path you choose, Grantham is ready to help you along the way. Are you ready to get started? Contact us today!

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