Kansas residents who are considering having careers in the homeland security field should know that getting the proper education is imperative to their success. Almost all jobs in homeland security, even the most basic ones, will require applicants to possess at least a bachelor’s degree.

Many other jobs will prefer or, in some cases, even require a master’s level degree as well. It is important that you know the job you wish to have and what its educational and other requirements are long before you start planning the path to having your dream career.

The good news for you is that, no matter what you wish to do in the field, Kansas has plenty of educational opportunities to help you reach your goals. Keep in mind that not everyone will major in homeland security specifically.

In fact, while this general major is not a bad one, most people choose majors more specific to the exact job that they wish to have in the field.

The right major for you will depend upon your goals, both long and short term, and on other factors, such as the level of education you had previously, if applicable, and the level of education you are currently seeking.

One great school in the state that offers a lot of educational options is Allen County Community College, located in Iola. This school has associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and law enforcement, as well as certification programs in corrections, criminal justice, and law enforcement.

Barton County Community College, located in Great Bend, also has a good dual certification in criminal justice and law enforcement. Other good choices in the state include Bethany College, in Lindsborg, offering bachelor’s degree in forensic science, and Brown Mackie College, with locations in Lenexa and Salina, offering associate’s degree programs in criminal justice.

Butler Community College, in El Dorado, also has an excellent associate’s degree program in administration of justice.

Cloud Community College, in Concordia, is another school that offers several relevant programs that can help to propel you to success. They include associate’s degree programs in corrections and law enforcement and in criminal justice. Then, there’s Colby Community College, also offering an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Other fine choices include Cowley County Community College, in Arkansas City, which has associate’s degree programs in computer forensics, criminal justice, and forensic science; and Dodge City Community College, with its dual associate’s degree in criminal justice and police science.

Keep in mind that the choices presented here are in no way the only ones you have available. There are many other fine schools in the state. Plus, you have the option, in this day and age, of pursuing your education online.

Do be aware, however, that a lot of scams exist in the online world, so you need to be doubly careful to do your research and select a school that is fully accredited and legitimate.

Don’t let this make you think there are no good online schools out there; there are. It’s just up to you to find them.