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How will your homeland security education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your homeland security education with homeland security education around the nation. There are 190 traditional homeland security schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had homeland security programs were:

  1. Michigan State University - located in East Lansing, Michigan
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC
  3. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 3,198 students graduated with degrees in homeland security. Of these students, 872 received certifications in homeland security, 1,134 received an undergraduate degree in homeland security, and 1,192 received a graduate-level degree in homeland security.


Students can pursue education in homeland security at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Homeland Security
  • Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security
  • Master's Degree in Homeland Security
  • Doctoral Degree in Homeland Security
  • Certificate in Homeland Security

Homeland security students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their homeland security degree:

  • Emergency Medical Services Management
  • Terrorism
  • Memorization
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking


On average in 2010, homeland security schools in the US charged $16,827 in tuition per year. The homeland security schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584
  3. Saint Joseph's University - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, students paid $34,090

The following homeland security schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Western Wyoming Community College - located in Rock Springs, Wyoming, students paid $1,994
  2. Arkansas Tech University - located in Russellville, Arkansas, students paid $4,554
  3. California State University-Long Beach - located in Long Beach, California, students paid $4,370

How will your homeland security job compare?

Some of the most popular jobs homeland security graduates in the US pursue include fbi special agent, security officer, radio electronics officer, or geospatial intelligence analyst. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates that in 2010, 1,222,410 homeland security professionals were working in the US. 79,280 of these homeland security professionals were transportation security officers, 110,640 were fbi special agents and 1,006,880 were security officers. The largest numbers of homeland security professionals work in the following states:

  1. California - 163,260 Homeland Security Professionals
  2. New York - 108,320 Homeland Security Professionals
  3. Texas - 96,070 Homeland Security Professionals

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of homeland security professionals is expected to grow by 8% by 2018. There are projected to be 1,509,700 homeland security professionals working in the US then. Of these 1,509,700 homeland security professionals, the government predicts that 100,000 will become transportation security officers, 130,900 will become fbi special agents, and 1,229,100 will become security officers. The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for homeland security professionals over the next few years:

  1. Utah - 22%
  2. Texas - 21%
  3. New Mexico - 20%


Homeland security professionals around the US earn $50,426 per year on average. However, the salary for homeland security professionals can vary greatly based not only on the exact homeland security profession you pursue but also on factors such as shift differentials, experience, and education. Homeland security professionals in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,300 per year, to more than $165,310 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for homeland security professionals:

  1. Connecticut - $68,793 per year
  2. Maryland - $67,055 per year
  3. Virginia - $65,883 per year

homeland security professionals in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Idaho - $30,208 per year
  2. Alabama - $37,177 per year
  3. Indiana - $37,200 per year

The homeland security professionals with highest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Geospatial Intelligence Analyst - $95,780 per year
  2. Fbi Special Agent - $73,010 per year
  3. Radio Electronics Officer - $44,510 per year

The homeland security professionals with lowest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Radio Electronics Officer - $44,510 per year
  2. Transportation Security Officer - $33,420 per year
  3. Security Officer - $26,870 per year

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homeland security?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Security Guards 1,006,880 $26,870 1.3%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 110,640 $73,010 29.8%
Protective Service Workers, All Other 79,280 $33,420 -44.0%
Physical Scientists, All Other 24,690 $95,780 3.7%
Radio Operators 920 $44,510 -22.7%