The best 5 jobs you can get with a bachelor’s degree in security studies
by UTEP Connect
Thanks to nefarious characters who hide in the furthest corners of the internet, there has never been a greater need for people interested in security studies jobs.
These individuals are on the front lines in the battle against cybersecurity threats, homeland security vulnerabilities, violent crime and data privacy breaches. They work for private companies, large corporations and government agencies, including the CIA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.
Here's a look at five of the best jobs you can get with a bachelor’s degree in security studies:
1. Cybersecurity professional
Cybersecurity has been called one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. In 2016, Forbes reported that there were more than 1 million cybersecurity job openings.
Companies are in dire need of people with the skills and knowledge to prevent and respond to data breaches, protect networks and do the day-to-day work it takes to keep information private.
As a cybersecurity professional, you can work for public and private agencies as well as nonprofit organizations.
2. Intelligence analyst
Never before has information been so readily available to government agencies, private companies and public corporations.
The challenge is to understand it.
Intelligence analysts gather and analyze information from a variety of sources and prepare reports that help organizational leaders make informed decisions. You could be fighting terrorism, helping police departments anticipate and respond to crime, or helping retailers reduce losses due to shoplifting.
3. Background investigator
Police departments, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies all need to know that they are hiring high-quality people for high-level positions. That's why they turn to background investigators.
In this career field, you’ll vet people being considered for employment by conducting interviews, researching personal and professional histories, and making recommendations about whether an applicant should be hired.
4. Security professional
If providing national security intelligence to the President of the United States appeals to you, consider a career as a security professional.
The CIA employs security professionals to collect, analyze and report security- and counterintelligence-related information, examine polygraph results, conduct financial investigations and scrutinize computer forensic data.
While the CIA is responsible for providing national security information to the president, many other government agencies and large corporations also employ security professionals to protect their assets.
5. Law enforcement agent/officer
Law enforcement isn't all about being a police officer. The DEA, ATF, State Department and FBI all have agents and officers across the nation who work on some of the country's most pressing challenges, including gun crime, drugs and human trafficking.
Are you ready to step up?
The need for highly trained security professionals is real— and so are the opportunities associated with security studies jobs.
Learn more about how you can step up to keep the country safe by earning your bachelor’s in security studies.