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Summer 2006 Vol. 50, Number 2

Careers in homeland security: Many jobs, one mission

Keeping us safe is Job One for workers in many occupations. Read these pages to learn more.

"What’s the worst that could happen?” For security consultant Dave Gilmore, that’s a serious question. 

“It’s a challenging field,” he says of homeland security. “You’re trying to find out the types of problems you’re dealing with and how to solve these problems in advance. Typically, you have plans to deal with the more likely problems, but you can’t prepare for every eventuality. You also need to be able to react.” Gilmore is one of many workers who help to keep this country—and its citizens—safe.

This article describes homeland security careers. The first section discusses the range of employment opportunities—highlighting places of employment and general types of work. The second section provides a glimpse into what it might be like to work in homeland security by focusing on three specific occupations: Border Patrol agents, emergency management directors, and analytical chemists. The third section suggests ways to find more information.

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Last Updated: September 21, 2006