Most prospective homeland security employees know that in order to succeed in the field, they will need some kind of formal educational training. Many of them, however, jump the gun and enroll in school too soon, before they have given themselves a chance to learn about the field in general and the many different careers available in it.

This can lead to being unhappy in the field or to not finding one’s ideal homeland security job until it is too late. For others, those for whom homeland security is not the true best option, it can also lead to wasted time, money, and effort.

To avoid having anything unfortunate happen to you, give yourself plenty of time to learn all you can about homeland security in general.

Once you’ve done that, take the time to research different jobs available in the field. This is the only way to ensure that you are setting career goals that are truly right for you and that are based on knowing all of the possibilities you have available.

When you do have a career goal firmly set, this makes planning your education so much easier. You can simply tailor your degree and/or your course of study to the job you ultimately wish to have in the field, which is essentially a recipe for success.

You will also be glad to know that you won’t have to travel far and wide to find an accredited college or university offering programs in homeland security or a related area. Hawaii is actually home to several fine educational choices that, with a little effort, can help to propel you to success.

One great choice, for example, is Argosy University, located in Honolulu, which offers several relevant online degree programs.

They include bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and master’s degrees in forensic psychology assessment, forensic psychology with a focus on homeland security, forensic psychology with a focus on law enforcement, forensic psychology with a focus on treatment, general forensic psychology, emergency preparedness and response, and general homeland security.

Another good educational choice for many is Chaminade University of Honolulu, which has bachelor’s degree programs in criminology/criminal justice, and forensics, as well as master’s level programs in criminal justice administration and forensics.

Then there’s Hawaii Community College, in Hilo, offering an associate’s degree program in administration of justice, and Hawaii Pacific University, in Honolulu, with a bachelor’s degree program in the same. Honolulu Community College also has an associate’s degree program in this area, as does Maui Community College in Kahului.

There’s also Remington College, in Honolulu, which has online associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice; the University of Hawaii at Hilo, with a bachelor’s degree program in administration of justice; and the University of Phoenix, which has locations in Honolulu, Kapolei, and Mililani, and offers an online associate’s degree program in criminal justice, online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration and/or management and organizational security management, and a master’s level program in administration of justice and security.

Any of these fine choices can work well for you, or you can open up even more possibilities by considering attending an online college or university. Just make sure that, if you do go this route, you choose a school that is fully accredited and legitimate and that you research and check up on extensively.

While scams exist in just about every educational venture, they tend to run particularly rampant in the online schooling world. That is unfortunate too, because if you’re careful, you will find many excellent online schools out there.