Homeland Security

AS Transfer Degree

American FlagPrior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the nation’s safety and security were entrusted to traditional public safety officials - local law enforcement and fire service or state and national government agencies. The terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, however, raised awareness of the need for a specialized focus in securing the homeland and led to the development of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The new department is meeting the nation’s redefined security needs by centralizing new and established methods of disaster preparation and response. This reorganization has allowed a more targeted approach to disasters and has also opened the doors to many new career opportunities, including:

  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Border and Transportation Security
  • Infrastructure Protection
  • Information Analysis
  • Homeland Defense

The increasing interest in safety in public and private sectors has made Homeland Security a popular and rapidly growing career field with excellent employment opportunities. For example, in Illinois alone, the Department of Employment Security is projecting a 6.5% growth in protective services workers through the year 2014.