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Homeland Security Job Openings

Loveleena Rajeev
Homeland Security is a dedicated team of American men and women committed to the goal of providing security to the country's citizens and infrastructure. This story speaks about the various departments of Homeland Security where one can find employment opportunities.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was established after the enactment of the Homeland Security Act, 2002. The department is a merger of several US government agencies after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on its soil.
According to the 2002 act, DHS is officially defined by the National Strategy for Homeland Security as, 'a concerted national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recover from attacks that do occur'.
To secure a country from all possible external and internal threats, the nation needs a highly skilled and committed workforce. Job openings arise in its various departments, that employ people with different educational qualifications as well as experience.

U S Citizenship and Immigration Services

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) not only help to protect the rights of thousands of qualified immigrants who come to America, seeking better life and work opportunities, but also keeps an eye on illegal immigration.

Customs and Border Protection

The organization is responsible for securing the nation's borders. As a part of its strategy, it uses a highly trained team, state-of-the art technology and inter-Homeland Security partnerships to protect the frontiers. Its main work is to screen all passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering the country, seizing all illegal narcotics or other products, and prevent unauthorized entry into the country.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) comes into action, when a nation is struck by hazards and calamities. Its main purpose is to prepare itself to respond and hasten recovery efforts following any national incident. A career in FEMA will provide many challenges on a routine basis, complementing it with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Federal law and Enforcement Agency

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is an inter-agency organization that prepares future law enforcement officers, to meet the nation's ever growing security concerns. FLETC is in charge of training all federal, state, local and international police and provides practical and tactical training in the classroom, as well as field.
Training also includes preparedness for an array of threats with training in behavioral sciences, counter-terrorism, legal fundamentals, forensic technologies, etc.

National Protection and Programs Directorate

The work of this organization is to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, protect against and respond to potential threats, promote the free-flow of commerce, regulate and secure borders, etc. Coordination and planning of all departments of DHS are done here. Work here includes research, administration and management, legal work, infrastructure protection and intelligence analysis, budget and cyber security, etc.

US Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard is a highly demanding organization. It is responsible for Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE), Aids to Navigation (ATON), Ice Breaking, Environmental Protection, Port Security and Military Readiness. There are a variety of openings, ranging from operation specialists to maintenance specialists, administrators to project overseers.

US Secret Service

The US Secret service is a law enforcement organization with two critical national security goals: protecting the nation's leaders and conducting criminal investigations. It is responsible for providing security to the President, the Vice President, and others. Their work also includes investigating and removing all threats against them. It is also one of their duties to investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications agencies.
DHS is an equal opportunity employer, and promises to provide a satisfying career to all its employers. It has always advocated ethical values, and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. One can visit the DHS homepage or visit specific department websites to get detailed information about the different careers and their requisite requirements.