If you live in the state of Nevada and are interested in having a career in homeland security, then you should know that there has never been a better time than the present to enter into this vast and exciting industry.

Even in these troubled economic times, Nevada homeland security professionals make well above the average salary for all professions in the state, and they also enjoy excellent job security.

While other people are struggling to keep the jobs they currently have, homeland security professionals are being promoted left and right. Before you embark on this new career path, however, there are three keys for you to keep in mind—keys that will ensure your new career will be a successful one.

1. Plan, Plan, Plan: A lot of people get so excited when they learn of the many benefits to being a homeland security professional that they immediately enroll in classes or start a new training program.

That’s an almost surefire way, however, to end up in a job that isn’t suited for you. If you really want to be happy and successful as a homeland security professional, then you have to do some planning ahead.

Spend time researching the field and the hundreds of different job possibilities within it.

This will help you to find the job that is a perfect match for you, your interests, and your skills, and will also allow you to plan your education and/or training to match your career goals.

2. Get an Education: As discussed above, part of the reason that planning ahead is so important is that it allows you to tailor your education to meet your career goals. Just in case you are thinking you can get by and work in the field without a formal education, think again.

Every single job in the homeland security industry, from the lowliest to the most elite, will require applicants to possess some kind of education.

Most professionals in the field will hold at least a bachelor’s degree, with master’s and doctorate level degrees becoming more and more common. In short, if you don’t plan an education, then you won’t have a homeland security career. One doesn’t work without the other.

3. Stay on Track: After you land your first job or while you are still looking for one, keep in mind that those who work in homeland security are required to be of good moral character.

After all, they are responsible for protecting our great nation and hold positions of authority in our country. Therefore, if you end up with criminal charges, default on a federal student loan, or make some other bad choice, you could lose everything you have worked so hard for.

So, be sure to “keep your nose clean,” as they say and stay on the right track. Most positions will require you to undergo physical, psychological, and drug testing in order to be employed, so keep that in mind as you make decisions.