South Carolina residents who are interested in pursuing careers in the homeland security field will be glad to know that there are a wide variety of different positions available to them, providing that they have the right combination of education, hands on training, and experience.

Plus, there really is no better time to get involved in the field in the state, since even in these troubled economic times, homeland security professionals in South Carolina are enjoying excellent job security and an average salary that is higher than the average salary across all professions in the state.

Currently, the most common South Carolina job option is for information technology specialists, according to the United States Department of Homeland Security. This position is an immigrations and customs enforcement position, meaning that the focus of the job is on keeping our nation’s economy, transportation, and overall infrastructure secure.

The salary for these positions ranges from around $40,000 per year to over $100,000 per year, dependent upon several different factors. If this job doesn’t seem like the right fit for you, however, don’t worry.

There are many other positions available in the field in the state; this one is just simply the most common at this point in time.

If you will recall, above we discussed the fact that in order to be hired for a position, you need to possess a solid combination of education, experience, and training. Of those three, the education is definitely the most important, as it is the one thing that is absolute imperative to your success in the field.

Without at least a bachelor’s degree in homeland security or a closely related area, you cannot be hired to work even the lowest level position in the field, no exceptions whatsoever. This law is put in place by the federal government.

As for the training portion, this usually, but not always goes hand in hand with your education. Most degree programs will require you to complete set amounts of training in which you actually work and perform work related duties, rather than just sit in a classroom and listen.

In some cases, however ,additional certification or specialty training courses beyond those offered outside of the degree program must also be completed.

What you will have to do in terms of training will depend upon the requirements of the specific career that you wish to have.

The experience you will need to receive is similar to the training in that it involves you doing actual work in the field. Most commonly, however, this takes the form of an internship opportunity or a job shadowing type experience.

Such experiences may be paid, unpaid, and/or taken for school credit. In any case, they are excellent ways to begin building a resume and carving out the career path that you will take.

If you can achieve in all three necessary areas, then many career opportunities will be yours for the taking. It is up to you, however, to get out there and make it happen. Luckily for you, as a South Carolina resident, this shouldn’t prove too difficult.

That is because the state is chock full of many wonderful colleges and universities, as well as community colleges and trade and technical schools, offering the necessary programs for success.

Plus, there are many relevant workplaces at which you may complete your internship and/or other necessary training. So, take advantage of this wonderful time to enter the career field and of the great state in which you live by embarking upon your career journey right this very moment.

You can do this by just starting to research the field in general. Once you have familiarized yourself with it, you can move on to learning about the hundreds of different jobs available under the homeland security umbrella. From there, all that is left to do is narrow down your choices to the jobs that are of the most interest to you and then to learn the requirements and necessary qualifications for those jobs.

This information will allow you to choose a realistic option for you and your lifestyle and to begin working toward that option to have the career of your dreams.