Department of Homeland security
The mission of Homeland Security is to lead the unified national effort to secure America. The department’s goal is to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, and to protect against and respond to threats and hazards toward the nation. The department ensures safe and secure borders, welcomes lawful immigrants and visitors and promotes the free flow of commerce.
The USCBP acts as the primary enforcement agency protecting the nation’s borders. It is the only border agency with an extensive air, land, and marine interdiction force and with an investigative component supported by its own intelligence branch.
CBP Officers are law enforcement professionals responsible for safeguarding the country’s borders. Whether it is through the prevention of terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the U.S. or enforcing the laws and regulations that protect the country, these officers are at the frontline of international activity.
Key to Success: If you have the integrity, self-motivated spirit, and common sense combined with professionalism, you may find that supporting this country’s homeland security effort is the ideal career. It is law enforcement on a nationwide scale, from coast to coast, border to border.
Requirements: You must be a U.S. citizen, have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a thorough background investigation and medical and drug screenings.
Average Annual Salary: $37,000 – but varies depending on education and experience
The United States Secret Service
The United States Secret Service (USSS) is mandated by Congress to carry out two distinct and significant missions: protection and criminal investigation. The Secret Service is responsible for protecting the President, the Vice President, their families, heads of state and other designated individuals. The USSS investigates threats against these individuals, and protects the White House and other government buildings in Washington, D.C. The Secret Service enforces laws relating to counterfeiting and investigates financial crimes.
Special agents develop and implement innovative strategies to mitigate threats to our nation’s leaders. Throughout your career, you may experience frequent travel and assignments to Secret Service offices located throughout the United States or liaison assignments in foreign countries.
Qualifications: You will need a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or three years of work experience in the criminal investigation or law enforcement fields. You must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years of age but younger than 37 at time of your appointment. You will undergo a complete background investigation including in-depth interviews, drug screening, medical examination, and polygraph examination.
Salary: You will probably enter the USSS at the GS-5, GS-7 or GS-9 level, depending on your qualifications and education. Salaries range from $43,000 to $74,000.