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Top 5 Fastest Growing DHS Careers

The Department of Homeland Security was formed in the wake of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Homeland Security careers are rising across federal, state, and local jurisdictions. DHS alone employs over 240,000 people, including border patrol agents, cybersecurity analysts, and inspectors. Here are five of the top DHS careers based on growth projections:

Privacy Analyst

Salary: $64,650 – $119,794
Projected job growth through 2024: 21 percent.
Education: Bachelor’s degree at a minimum; master’s degree required by some employers.

Privacy analysts work across government organizations to counter terrorism and enhance security, administrative performance, operational programs and other pertinent management information to develop privacy compliance documentation and privacy thresholds.

Cybersecurity Specialist

Salary: $76,404-$90,120
Projected job growth through 2024: 18 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Education: Ph.D. or three years of graduate-level work.

Technology has become increasingly sophisticated, and the demand for experienced and qualified cybersecurity analysts to protect the country’s computer networks and information systems is skyrocketing. The Department of Homeland Security is continuously recruiting cybersecurity professionals who are versed in cyber incident response, cyber risk and strategic analysis, vulnerability detection and assessment, networks and systems engineering, digital forensics, and software assurance.

Intelligence Analyst

Salary: $40,130 – $102,802
Projected job growth through 2018: 27 percent.

Education: Bachelor’s degree at a minimum; master’s degree preferred.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Terrorist Threat Integration Center is one example of a prominent intelligence analyst hub. The TTIC’s analysts coordinate and transmit information between the various intelligence agencies.

According to the Central Intelligence Agency, TTIC’s services range from a daily assessment for the President and his senior advisors to curated reports for the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to communicate with state and local officials.

Homeland Security professions are on an upward trajectory with an increasing number of high-profile public officials encouraging students to enter the field.

Emergency Management Director

Salary: Median annual wage of $67,330, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Projected job growth through 2024: 6 percent. 
Education: Bachelor’s degree at a minimum; master’s degree required by some employers.

Emergency management directors help communities prepare for and respond to natural, technological and other disasters. The position requires the ability to maintain a constant state of alertness and to take responsibility in times of crisis. The top employers for emergency management specialists are local governments, state governments, hospitals, utilities and emergency services.

Analytical Chemist

Salary: $38,179 – $84,375
Projected job growth through 2022: 6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Education: Bachelor’s degree at a minimum; master’s degree required by some employers. 

Analytical chemists determine what a substance is, how much of it there is, and the relationship it may have with other compounds. For instance, they can detect the presence of chemical weapons and find the best way of disposing them. Analytical chemists help strengthen homeland security by creating new ways to identify harmful substances.