Colleges Respond to Growing Federal Demand with Homeland Security Degrees

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Homeland Security careers are expected to grow between 12 percent and 21 percent between now and 2012. In a slow economy where job prospects are bleak, a career with this type of growth is impressive.

There is a significant need for highly trained, properly educated Homeland Security professionals in this country

Homeland Security careers are expected to grow between 12 percent and 21 percent between now and 2012. In a slow economy where job prospects are bleak, a career with this type of growth is impressive.

Since 2001, the U.S. government has been building and growing its Department of Homeland Security to secure the nation's safety, as well as its future. In response to this growing demand for Homeland Security professionals, some colleges have developed new curriculum to include Homeland Security degrees.

Rasmussen College is one school that specializes in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security training. Students there are trained by industry professionals and can take classes on campus or online.

"There is a significant need for highly trained, properly educated Homeland Security professionals in this country," Director of the School of Justice Studies at Rasmussen College CarieAnn Potenza said. "We have developed a specialization for both the Bachelor's and Associate's degrees in criminal justice because we understand the benefits of a career in this field and the demands that the United States has for these professionals.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, in addition to the staggering growth rate, students who pursue these careers in criminal justice can expect an average salary of $48,000. However, many seasoned Homeland Security professionals are paid much more, depending on their experience and training.

"Homeland Security needs will continue to increase and to evolve," Potenza said. "People who could imagine themselves working in this capacity and protecting the country should give this field of study serious thought."

Visit our online criminal justice degree section to learn more about this online degree.

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