Careers and Outcomes

Opening the door to opportunity

The United States Department of Homeland Security exists to protect the U.S. from terrorist attacks and to respond to natural disasters. In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security was reorganized to include 22 agencies under its umbrella. Certification in homeland security and defense prepares you for careers in the areas listed below:

  • Armed forces
  • Coast Guard
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Emergency management and response
  • Firefighting
  • Intelligence
  • Law enforcement
  • Probation and parole
  • Secret Service
  • Transportation Security Administration

The homeland security and defense certificate focuses on three groups of students: pre-career, professionals in homeland security agencies and the military. For pre-career students, the certificate program offers a survey of homeland security, so you can discover where you best fit. For professionals and military personnel, the program provides further training in administration and policy to hone your skills in issues concerning homeland security and defense, and prepare you for administrative positions.

Missouri State Career Center

To help you prepare and search for jobs, the Missouri State Career Center provides a database of current openings, tips for preparing your résumé and on-campus interview opportunities. The Career Center also compiles information about what you can do with a criminal justice degree. You can view their recommendations by downloading the “What can I do with this major?” PDF.

Career websites

The criminal justice field holds a vast array of options, from law enforcement to rehabilitation programs. Listed below are three links to job databases to help you better understand and search for careers in criminal justice: