Careers in Counter-Terrorism
In a post-9/11 environment where terrorist attacks globally are on the rise, the outlook for counter-terrorism careers has skyrocketed. Careers in counter-terrorism cover a wide range of agencies, occupations and skill sets.
When many people think of counter-terrorism, they immediately think of federal government careers. Many federal agencies are charged with the task of preventing terrorist activities, gathering evidence relating to these activities, and apprehending and prosecuting individuals who are planning or engaged in terrorism. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are the most highly visible government entities involved in counter-terrorism; however, various other agencies are involved in the fight to keep US citizens and interests secure.
Professionals that may be involved in the counter-terrorism field include:
- CIA analysts
- CIA officers
- NSA officers
- Computer forensics investigators
- Forensic accountants
- Secret Service agents
- Law enforcement officers
- TSA screeners
- Border patrol agents
Education requirements for careers in counter-terrorism vary depending on the agency and the standard of expertise in that particular field. For example, a forensic accountant will need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting. A law enforcement officer; however, may only carry a minimum requirement of a high school diploma or an associate’s degree.
Counter-Terrorism Career Outlook and Salary
As the US continues to fight the war on terrorism, the career outlook in this field continues to be favorable. The average salary variesdepending on the particular job description and geographic location of the job. You can find salary information on individual job postings of counter-terrorism jobs on our jobs board and on USAJobs.gov.
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