If you live in the state of Delaware and are considering a career as a homeland security agent, you probably have a lot of questions about the field in general and how it works.
Probably, too, you also have questions about what actually working in the field will be like, and what your responsibilities as an agent will be.
Unfortunately, there is no one, simple answer to that question. It really just depends on the exact job that you are hired to do. That’s because, contrary to popular belief, homeland security agents work in a wide variety of different ways.
Some professionals, for example, might work under the Citizenship and Immigration Services umbrella. Often, these jobs involve helping immigrants seeking citizenship to fill paperwork to become members of this great country.
Conversely, such positions might also involve tracking down those who do not have legal citizenship and/or who may be living in the United States under false pretenses.
Homeland security jobs in this category are similar to homeland security jobs in the Immigration and Custom Enforcement category.
Jobs in the latter, however, tend to be more focused on the “ugly” side of the field, requiring forceful removal of illegals and sometimes even assisting with or filing legal or criminal charges against violators.
Similarly, some people work at jobs under the Customs and Border Protection umbrella. As the name implies, these professionals are responsible for keeping those who do not have permission to enter or leave our country from doing so.
These officials can actually stop people from boarding airplanes and work to keep all people in line and doing as they are legally required to do.
Customs also keeps potentially harmful objects, like fruits or animals carrying disease or even drugs from coming into the country or going out of the country to be sold in other areas illegally.
Federal emergency management is another big homeland security category that encompasses a wide range of different careers. These professionals are the ones whom our nation turns to when the going gets tough. If a huge federal emergency occurs, like the sudden death of a president or, more commonly, a massive-scale storm or other natural disaster that affects many people, these workers step in with a plan to keep everything under control and running as smoothly as possible.
They are responsible for helping to evacuate people when necessary, determining the best course of action in times of trouble, and generally keeping the nation from falling apart during crisis.
There are, of course, also federal law enforcement professionals. These individuals are like local police and other law enforcement officials, except they work on a federal level.
While they can perform arrests, investigate cases, and try to track down criminals, the do it at a federal level. No time is spent on petty cases for federal officers; instead they are interested in finding terrorists and others who present some kind of very real threat to our nation as a whole.
Most jobs within the homeland security field will fall into one of these categories, though not all of them will. What you must understand, however, is that within each category, there are literally hundreds of jobs which you can do.
Obviously, responsibilities and daily routines will vary quite a bit for each position. This wide variation from one job to the next is why it is a good idea for you to do your research and familiarize yourself with many different jobs before setting in place personal and career goals related to the field.