If you live in the beautiful state of North Dakota and are interested in becoming a homeland security professional, you will be glad to know that there is no better time than the present to enter into this exciting career field.

Even in these troubled economic times, professionals in the homeland security field enjoy above average salaries, excellent benefits, and no real fear of layoffs or cutbacks in site.

Plus, you really can’t beat the fast-paced, exciting, and ever-changing nature of the industry. If you are looking for a job that never grows old, this is the one for you.

Before you can have such an awesome job, however, some schooling is going to be required. In fact, the vast majority of professionals working in homeland security will possess at least a bachelor’s degree.

You can determine which level of degree and which major is the right choice for you by first knowing what your career goals are.

The simplest way to do this is to find a job that interests you and then to do your research to find out what the most common requirements are for those positions.

No matter what degree level you end up seeking or even what major, you will more than likely be able to find a North Dakota school that is just the right choice for you.

The reason for this is that there are so many wonderful educational choices in the state. If, however, you somehow cannot find a school offering the program you desire, don’t worry.

There are lots of wonderful online opportunities available in this day and age. Online schooling allows you to “attend” schools based all over the world and opens up tons of new opportunities.

Just be extra careful to ensure that the school you choose is fully accredited and legitimate. A proven and popular online school in the state is Rasmussen College, which has physical locations in both Bismarck and Fargo.

This school offers associate’s degrees in criminal justice, homeland security, correction, and forensics, as well as bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, client services, and homeland security.

In terms of traditional schools, however, some choices in the state tend to be more common for prospective homeland security professionals than others. A couple of current top choices are Bismarck State College, which offers both an online and a traditional associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, and Jamestown College, which has bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, adult and juvenile probation/parole, corrections, and law enforcement.

There is also Lake Region State College, in Devils Lake, offering an online associate’s degree in law enforcement, and in peace officer studies.

Other good choices include Minot State University, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, a certification program in police management/investigation, a master’s degree program in criminal justice, and even a doctorate level program in the same; and North Dakota State University of Fargo, which has a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice.