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Requirements to work in Homeland Security as an Officer

The Department of Homeland Security is committed to hiring a highly talented, dedicated, and a diverse workforce including persons with disabilities. The first thing you'll need to have in order to apply for a Homeland Secruiity Officer position is a 4 year degree in Criminal Justice from an accredited university.  For your convenience, we've listed relevant schools below that offer online CJ degrees.

After you earn you bachleors or master's degree, you can start the process to apply for a job with the Department of Homeland Secruity:

  • Use the Job Finder to search for current openings on USAJOBS.gov, the official job site for the federal government. You can search by job skill, component, or state. You can also use the Interactive Voice Response Telephone System at 703-724-1850 or TDD at 978-461-8404.
  • You should begin to attend the Department's recruiting events.
  • Read the Job Announcement. The announcement will provide you with information about job qualifications, duties, salary, duty location, benefits, and security requirements. Here you will be able to determine if your interests, education, and professional background make you a good candidate for the job.
  • Most Homeland Security jobs require U.S. citizenship and successful completion of a full background investigation and drug screening.
  • After you apply for a particular job, submit all required documents and pay close attention to the application due date and application procedures, which will vary by job and the Department component.
  • During the application process, veterans may be asked to identify Veterans Preference status.
  • To post your resume online, apply to certain federal jobs, check on the status of your application, and receive automated job alerts, you must create a USAJOBS member account.
  • Interview for the Job. The names of best-qualified candidates will be forwarded to the supervisor or hiring official. If you are one of the best-qualified candidates, the supervisor or hiring official may interview you in person or by telephone, or in rare cases may hire you based solely on your application materials. Selection procedures are subject to Federal Civil Service laws, which ensure that all applicants receive fair and equal treatment in the hiring process.

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