Intelligence And Security Studies Lead To Employment

The economy circa February 2012 has been, arguably, in bad shape. The Unites States of America has and continues to experience economic hardship manifested in a general loss of prosperity. This loss of prosperity is particularly salient in the areas of jobs. Large numbers of people have lost their jobs, and more people have lost jobs than gained jobs. In fact, finding a job has been difficult as evidenced by an unemployment rate of just under nine percent.

The poor job market, though pervasive, is not absolute. One area of the job market that appears to be thriving, even during the economic difficulties, is the area of security and protection. For those interested in security studies, careers in this field seem to be growing. This claim is predicated on data that indicates that during the fiscal years 2010 through 2012 the security and protection domain is projected to make 52,077 new hires.

Areas included in the "security and protection domain" are intelligence analysis, international relations, foreign affairs, security administration, and law enforcement, among others. Various government agencies are looking to hire people with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities to fulfill these projected slots. For instance, the Department of Defense (excluding the specific branches of service) has 216 projected new hires in the area of intelligence analysis and 334 projected new hires in the area of security administration during 2010-2012. The Department of the Navy has its own additional needs for these occupational areas. The Department of the Navy has 580 projected new hires in intelligence analysis and 372 projected new hires in security administration during fiscal years 2010-2012.

The need for these critical security and protection occupations within the U.S. government is pervasive. It should be noted that the data reported thus far only considered projected new hires for two categories—intelligence analysis and security administration. Other security and protection areas which have similar new hires needs exist as well. Keeping with these two occupations, however, the job opportunity even during a slow economy is startling. The Department of Justice, for example, has a projected need for 1,345 new hires in intelligence analysis and 147 new hires in security administration during the fiscal years 2010-2012.

These numbers are but a few of the thousands of projected job openings during fiscal years 2010-2012. What is underscored from the numbers presented above is the need for intelligence education and security studies. More specifically, those individuals with an intelligence education or with a background in security studies likely can find gainful employment by the end of fiscal year 2012.

Studies in intelligence and security translate into a real career. Obviously, the need for applicants who have an intelligence education or who have completed security studies stems from September 11th. But the career that one can attain with a background in studies in intelligence is not a trend that will fade into history with the passage of time. Studies in intelligence will continue to be a benchmark for qualified applicants as the lessons of September 11th appear to have resonated with the government.

Dan Sommer works for Henley-Putnam University, a leading educational institution in the field of Strategic Security. For more info on Henley-Putnam University, studies in intelligence, security studies call 888-852-8746 or visit us online at

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