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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online homeland security degree may wish to pursue career advancement or deeper expertise in federal, state, or local security/enforcement agencies, or to transition from the military into a civilian homeland security career.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Corporate security firm
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Homeland security agency — local, state, federal
  • Law enforcement agency
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Private security firm

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Border patrol agent
  • Citizen and immigration service assistant
  • Criminal investigator
  • Detention and removal assistant
  • Drug enforcement agent
  • Entry specialist
  • Immigration information officer
  • Import specialist
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Investigative assistant
  • Policy analyst
  • Program specialist
  • Screening analyst
  • Security specialist
  • Staff assistant
  • Transportation security inspector
  • U.S. marshal

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†As the list above reflects, these positions are authorized by and report to a variety of governmental levels at the local, state, or federal level. Each employing agency may have specific criteria in addition to a baccalaureate degree, i.e. age requirements, professional licensure, or professional certifications. We encourage you to thoroughly research specific entry-level requirements for your job target and career goals.

Bachelor's degree graduates

Data from graduates across all bachelors programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Capella University bachelor's degree alumni report high satisfaction with the salary, benefits and responsibilities of their jobs. The most common industries in which bachelor's alumni are employed are IT, education, government, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Career growth potential 50% Promotional opportunities  48% Salary and benefits 55% Tasks and responsibilities 72%

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.

Many of our bachelor's degree graduates report receiving a salary increase and gaining recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Many also said they advanced in their careers or received a promotion.

Advanced in career or profession 26% Successfully changed careers 11% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 2% Assumed a leadership role 16% Received a promotion 21% Received a salary increase 32% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 28% Received award 3% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript 7% Conducted a research project 10% Served as a professional consultant 7%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.