The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employs nearly 200,000 people and offers a large number and variety of career opportunities for veterans, which go far beyond basic physical security. Below are a selection of careers one can pursue within the Department of Homeland Security.
|Job Title||DHS Average Wage (2017)*||Public Sector Job Growth (2016-2026)**||Applicable Military Skills/Traits|
|Human Resources Specialists||$97,426||7%||Experience in recruiting or benefits management|
|Logisticians||$98,669||7%||Performed planning, supply, and logistics duties|
|Criminal Investigators||$108,209||5%||Experience with intelligence gathering and analysis|
|Civil Engineers||$103,849||11%||Designed and managed construction of infrastructure projects|
|Information Technology Managers||$112,521||12%||Work in computer, network, or communications security|
Sources: *U.S. Office of Personnel Management, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Careers for Veterans in the Department of Homeland Security
For veterans searching for a way to continue to serve their country in the civilian workforce, the DHS may be a good choice. They have a need for qualified candidates in departments that range from administration to law enforcement. Veterans may have an advantage in some of these areas, particularly those that require experience or security clearance.
Human Resources Specialists
Veterans with experience in recruiting or benefits services may find this a good fit. Experience finding and recruiting talent, as well as working with employee regulations and needs could give veterans an advantage in this career.
Human resources specialists may seek out, screen, and recommend or hire new employees. They may also notify employees of changes in their contracts or benefits packages. They may advise employees regarding rules, vacations, sick time, and other benefits. A bachelor's degree in a related field is usually required for this position.
This could be a good position for veterans who have worked in formal logistics departments, as well as, supply, inventory, or coordination of shipping and receiving. Military experience is likely to be a benefit to veterans applying for this position.
Logisticians manage supply chains for companies or departments. With the worldwide nature of manufacturing this can mean coordinating the movement and delivery of hundreds of parts and components from dozens of different facilities. It is the job of the logisitican to see that all parts and components arrive in the right place, at the right time. This position requires a bachelor's degree.
Veterans interested in investigation and law enforcement may find this a good career choice. Those who have performed work as investigators in the military, or who have worked with intelligence gathering in a variety of capacities, may find that they have an advantage over others who lack hands-on experience.
Criminal investigators investigate crimes as well as suspected crimes or suspicious activity that may indicate a threat to public safety. Investigators may gather data from databases or other government agencies. They may also perform interviews and conduct surveillance as required and within department guidelines. While some departments allow investigators to enter without a college degree, at the federal level a bachelor's degree is required, in addition to academy training.
Those veterans who served as infrastructure engineers may find civil engineering a good match for their experience and skills. DHS may regard engineering veterans as particularly well-trained to the standard required for positions within the department.
Civil engineers design and build roads, bridges, buildings and large infrastructure projects. These may include roads, airports, schools or hospitals. Civil engineers ensure the safety, and integrity of the structures. They may also supervise the building process. A bachelor's degree is necessary to enter this field.
Information Technology (IT) Managers
Veterans who have worked as signals technicians, network systems technicians, and cyber security may find this a good career choice. DHS has a constant need for IT experts who can work with computers and networks to ensure security and proficiency. Veterans may have an edge in this field.
Information technology managers oversee an organization's computer systems and technology needs. This includes ensuring secure networks, upgrading hardware and software, implementing new technology, and directing a team of other IT professionals. IT managers also monitor systems and perform a variety of tests to discover potential weaknesses within the system. A bachelor's degree is required.