If you are a Tennessee resident who is interested in possibly pursuing a career in the homeland security field, you should know that these prestigious and lucrative jobs are not just given to anyone and everyone. In fact, it is quite the contrary.

Only the best and most knowledgeable people will even have a chance at standing out above the intense competition in this field.

You can make yourself one of those “best and most knowledgeable,” however, just through a little effort and work on your own part. That effort and work needs to start with nothing more than some simple research.

The point of the research is to learn about the many different careers available in the field, with the bigger goal in mind of finding the one that is just right for you. Once you have found it, you will need to identify its basic qualifications and requirements and then keep these in mind to set a realistic career goal for yourself.

Having a career goal in mind will help you to plan your education and other endeavors based upon that career goal, thus ensuring your chances of success in the field.

The good news is that, no matter what it is that you wish to do in the field, you can find a Tennessee degree program and school that can help you to make that wish come true. That is because Tennessee is home to so many excellent colleges and universities offering programs in homeland security and related areas.

Some of the top choices in the state include Argosy University in Nashville, Austin Peay State University of Clarksville, Bethel University at Mckenzie, Chattanooga State Community College, Cleveland State Community College, Columbia State Community College, Cumberland University in Lebanon, Dyersburg State Community College, and Daymar Institute, with locations in Clarksville, Murfreesboro, and Nashville.

Once you have your education underway, you will want to start thinking about gaining some real world experience in the field. Ideally, this experience should be as closely related to the job that you ultimately wish to have as possible.

Most people will gain their experience through internships, which may be paid, unpaid, or taken for school credit. Internships are essentially like jobs, but your main purposes aren’t promotions and pay raises; they are gaining experience and forging important and lasting connections with professionals in the field, professionals who could later prove helpful to you as you look for a job.

With an education and experience, finding a job in the state should be a real breeze, providing your experiences and education reflect the jobs you are applying for.

Many people, in fact, don’t even have to complete or even start their job searches, because they are offered positions at the place of business at which they intern.

Whether this happens to you or not, the great thing is that you will be well equipped to qualify for and then take on even the toughest of jobs within the field.