Oregon residents who are considering careers in the homeland security field often have a lot of questions about what to expect.

They usually ask about the salary they will receive, the benefits that come with doing such a job, and the different career options in the field. Inevitably, however, they always get around to asking questions about the day to day life of security agents. They want to know what their basic responsibilities and tasks will be and the kind of hours they can expect to work.

Unfortunately, there are no simple, one size fits all answers. It really all depends upon the exact job that you are doing. Some homeland security professionals, for example, choose to work in citizenship and/or immigration services.

Such professionals tend to work a fairly typical nine to five type schedule and often spend their days meeting with those applying for citizenship, filing paperwork, and/or helping to fill out paperwork. In some cases, they might also be responsible for taking various actions against illegal immigrants or helping those who want to immigrate legally to find their way into the country.

This job is usually described as both demanding and difficult and rewarding and pleasurable; it is, in other words, a bit of a double-sided coin.

While the professionals described above tend to work in office type environments, those who work in customs and border protections are the opposite.

Their jobs tend to be very hands on, out in the field type work. These professionals tend to work standard eight hour shifts. The catch is, however, that these shifts might be at any time of the day or night.

People working in this category are responsible for enacting different measures to keep harmful people, substances, and animals from coming into our nation and also for keeping illegal immigrants out to the best of their abilities and within the confines of the law.

Federal emergency management professionals tend to have the oddest working schedules of all. Much of the time, their schedules are fairly standard. In times of emergency or crisis, however, they become almost chaotic, with some seemingly working around the clock.

When there is not a disaster, these professionals plan for disaster, enacting measures and dreaming up “what if” scenarios in order to help our nation survive just about anything. When there is a large scale disaster, they go to work providing help, protection, and other services to those who need them the most.

Believe it or not, the jobs that have been discussed here represent just a few of many in the homeland security field. In fact, these are really just mere categories.

Within each of the categories described here, there are literally hundreds of different positions. So, in reality, it is very difficult to determine what your exact schedule would be like and what your responsibilities would entail.

This, however, should give you a fairly good idea. Your own planning and research, based upon specific jobs, should help you further.

You can find out more about homeland security and the many different positions available in it by researching online and/or by connecting with those currently working in the field. In fact, the best way to find out about the details of a specific position is to speak to someone who is currently in that position.

Learning about this information can be useful, not just so you are “in the know,” but also because it can help you to set career goals in place, career goals that you will work toward throughout your training and necessary education.