Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is currently the second largest federal agency in the U.S., comprised of 22 agencies and employing over 200,000 people. Homeland security offers a diverse a range of employment opportunities. The field is ideal for individuals aspiring to work in local, state or federal law enforcement agencies; corporate or public sector security; local, state or federal government, and for military personnel of all ranks. Graduates of EKU’s online homeland security program have a competitive edge in the job market and are prepared to work in a number of private and public sectors.

Advanced education is increasingly important in the diverse fields that make up homeland security. EKU offers one of the few programs in the nation based on curriculum developed by the Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) projects protective service occupations to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, which will result in about 95,200 new jobs.

 

Career Outlook

Image Career Outlook Chart - Job Outlook graph showing jobs on the rise - $51,188 Estimated Salary of Graduates from this program

Job Outlook graph shows jobs for training and development on the rise through 2022 - $51,188 estimated salary of graduates from this program.
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Job Opportunities*

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Emergency
Management Director

Median Annual Salary:
$74,420 per year
$35 per hour

Number of Jobs:
9,900

Typical Entry-Level
Education:

Bachelor's Degree

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Information
Security Analyst

Median Annual Salary:
$98,350 per year
$47 per hour

Number of Jobs:
112,300

Typical Entry-Level
Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

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Police & Detectives


Median Annual Salary:
$63,380 per year
$30 per hour

Number of Jobs:
808,700

Typical Entry-Level
Education:
High School Diploma
Varies by agency &
department-
bachelor's degrees are
increasingly being required)

*Job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook. Which can be found at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Employment Outcomes

Graduate Jobs


Security Guards



First-Line Supervisors of Police & Detectives


Training and Development Specialists


Occupational Health & Safety Specialists


Protective Service Workers, All Others



Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers


Emergency Management Directors

Graduate Employers


Amazon.com, Inc.



Army National Guard



Department of Veterans Affairs


Sears Holdings Corporation


Transportation Security Administration


United States Department of the Navy

Graduate Job Titles


Security Officer (Protective Service)


Information Security Specialist



Asset Protection Manager


Detective


Intelligence Analyst



Security Coordinator