Careers that require criminal justice degrees are in high demand across the country, as police, security personnel, and other safety-related positions continue to grow. In particular, the Department of Homeland Security, which was established after the September 11, 2001 attacks, now employs more than 240,000 people. That number is expected to grow each year as efforts continue to keep our country safe from threats that include natural disasters, terrorism, and cyberspace concerns. Homeland Security employees are trained in many different areas, including research technology, border and airport security, and analytical operations.
Different Agencies Protect Our Country
The Department of Homeland Security operates eight agencies whose employees help to secure and protect the United States’ shores and borders. They include:
- FEMA (Federal Emergency Management System): These employees respond to disasters and emergencies and are trained to provide logistical and financial support as well as operate emergency management procedures and protocols.
- Citizenship and Immigration Services: These employees evaluate and process individuals’ applications to become U.S. citizens, verify foreign employees’ right to work in our country, manage initial foreign adoption processes, and handle humanitarian programs. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency enforces our country’s immigration and customs regulations and laws.
- Customs and Border Protection: These employees secure our country’s borders by preventing terrorists and destructive weapons from entering the United States.
- U.S. Coast Guard: This is the only military branch that is a part of the Homeland Security Department. The employees of the Coast Guard patrol and safeguard our waterways and waterways around the world.
- Federal Law Enforcement Training: This program trains more than 20,000 students each year in the rules of law, as well as investigation, arrest, and search and seizure. More advanced training is available for those who are learning fraud detection, firearms use, computer crime detection, and marine law enforcement.
- Secret Service: The Secret Service has a dual job: to conduct criminal investigations, and of course to protect our national leaders, as well as any foreign leader who is visiting the United States.
- Transportation Security Administration: These employees are charged with protecting our country’s transportation systems, including aviation, trains and subways. They man checkpoints, screen for dangerous substances, work on commercial flights, and patrol different transportation areas.
Many of these law enforcement careers in the Department of Homeland Security require a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or a related field. Lindenwood University offers an online Criminal Justice Degree that allows you to complete a degree when it’s convenient for you while you continue to work. If you’re in law enforcement or work as a security professional, your work shifts are likely to fluctuate, making it difficult to earn a traditional classroom degree.
Our program is fully accredited and allows you to proceed at your own pace as you advance your career—at any time of the day or night. Learn more about Lindenwood Online’s Criminal Justice undergraduate degree and contact our admissions department today.