New Mexico may be one of the smaller states in the nation, but it is definitely not small in terms of the opportunities it offers to those hoping to find work as homeland security agents.

There are many different colleges and universities in the state that offer degree programs in homeland security and in related areas.

If you are seriously considering having one of these careers yourself, then there is no better time than now to start doing some serious planning and to get started on this exciting and life changing career path.

As mentioned above, “serious planning” should always be your first real step down this career path. You will need to take some time to research the career field and, even more importantly, the many different jobs available in it.

Most people think that homeland security professionals all work in the same way, but there are actually hundreds of different positions within the field.

The more research you do, however, the more likely it is that you will find the best career choice for you. Plus, when you know what job you ultimately want to have in the field, planning your education accordingly is easy.

The only thing, in fact, that will likely not be an easy quest for you is deciding which of New Mexico’s many fine higher learning institutions to attend.

One popular school for prospective homeland security professionals in the state is Brookline College, located in the busy, bustling college town of Albuquerque. This school features online degree programs, including an associate’s degree program in justice administration and a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice.

Then, there’s Central New Mexico Community College, also in Albuquerque, offering associate’s degree programs in general criminal justice, as well as various certification programs related to the field.

Clovis Community College is another good choice, and is proud to offer a new online associate’s degree program in general criminal justice.

Online schooling, in fact, is huge in New Mexico, and more and more traditional schools are starting to offer online options. One such school is ITT Technical Institute, in Albuquerque, which offers an online bachelor’s degree in information systems security.

It also has traditional associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in general criminal justice. Likewise, New Mexico Junior College, in Hobbs, also has a few online options, including an online associate’s degree program in general criminal justice.

Certification programs in correction officer training and general law enforcement are also offered by the school.

Even New Mexico State University, which has locations in both Carlsbad and Las Cruces, offers online programs.

While its associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in general criminal justice are currently only offered traditionally, its masters degree program in the same is offered online.

Finally, don’t forget that Northern New Mexico College, in Espanola, has online programs as well. They include associate’s degree programs in police science and in general criminal justice, among others.