If you live in the beautiful state of Alaska and are interested in pursuing a career in the homeland security field, then congratulations are in order! You should know that you have chosen one of the most lucrative, prestigious, and stable career fields in the nation, and one that, if you work hard, will have you set for life.

Before you can start looking for or applying for jobs, however, you have to make sure that you possess the right kind of background and that you know what jobs you are eligible for.

Before you do anything, you will want to make sure that you are fully familiar with the homeland security field in general.

While you certainly should know that the main purpose of the jobs in the field is to provide protection to our nation and its people as a whole, you also have to recognize that people accomplish and/or work toward this goal in a variety of different ways.

In other words, homeland security professionals don’t all do the same things; there are a ton of different jobs in the field. It’s up to you to learn about as many of them as you can and to find the jobs that most appeal to you.

As you learn and select the jobs that you find the most appealing, be realistic. Whenever you see a job you think you might enjoy having, learn about its necessary qualifications and the responsibilities that go along with it. Be honest with yourself about whether or not you are qualified for a particular position or can and are willing to become qualified.

When you find a job for which the amount of effort you are willing to expend and the job description match up, then you’ll know you’ve chosen the right one.

Almost any job you choose in the field, however, will require you to have some kind of formal educational training. In fact, almost every single job in homeland security will call for at least a bachelor’s degree. Obviously, then, you are going to need an education if you don’t already have one.

If you do already have an education, but it is completely unrelated, you might think about supplementing your education with a good certification or diploma program or going on and receiving a higher level degree in the field.

You should pick your program of study based upon the job that you ultimately wish to have. This is why discovering and setting your goals, as discussed earlier, is so very important.

The sooner you can start tailoring your education to meet your career goals, the more likely it is that you will achieve them and not have to settle for a different position in the field or, worse, no position at all.

Remember, too, to always find an accredited school, as any other “school” cannot grant you an actual degree. There are a lot of scams, in particular, on the internet and with online schooling, so be especially careful if this is the route you take.

Really, though, there isn’t a reason to turn to online schooling, not when Alaska has so many wonderful educational options in and related to homeland security. Charter College, for example, which is located in Anchorage, has both an associate’s degree program and a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

Likewise, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, in Fairbanks, has a bachelor’s degree program in justice. These represent just a few of many other fine options. It’s really just a matter of finding the right school for you and your goals.