Homeland Security

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
2,248
growing 11%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$6,956
growing 8.51%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$28,850
growing 0.278%
Average Wage
$63,414
growing 1.48%
People in Workforce
1.1M
growing 1.78%
Average Employee Age
39.6
growing 0.736%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Homeland Security degree recipients are Charles Town, WV, Tucson, AZ, and Monterey Park, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Homeland Security degree recipients are Northampton, NY, Winfield, KS, and Charles Town, WV. The most common degree awarded to students studying Homeland Security is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Homeland Security and the types of students that study this field. American Public University System awards the most degrees in Homeland Security in the US, but Valley Forge Military College and MacMurray College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Homeland Security.

Tuition costs for Homeland Security majors are, on average, $6,956 for in-state public colleges, and $28,850 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Homeland Security programs are Public, 2-year institutions (46 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private for-profit, 4-year or above (716 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Homeland Security

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Homeland Security, is Private for-profit, 4-year or above (716 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Homeland Security programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,956
Median In-State Public
$28,850
Median Out of State Private

American Public University System has the most Homeland Security degree recipients, with 486 degrees awarded in 2017.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Homeland Security.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Homeland Security programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Valley Forge Military College and MacMurray College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Homeland Security, with 23.2% and 10.5%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Homeland Security

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Homeland Security by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Homeland Security.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Protective Services graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Protective Services majors is $63,414 and the most common occupations are Police officers, Other managers, and Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

The industry that employs the most Protective Services majors is Justice, public order, & safety activities , though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Miscellaneous nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Homeland Security is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.
$63,414
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,231
1.48%
1 Year Growth
± 2.76%

The average salary for Protective Services majors is $63,414 and the most common occupations are Police officers, Other managers, and Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Homeland Security is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Protective Services majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Protective Services majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Protective Services majors, by number of employees, are Police officers, Other managers, and Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

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Most Specialized

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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1.1M
2018 Workforce
± 25,691
1.78%
1 Year Growth
± 3.25%

The number of Protective Services graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.78%, from 1.08M in 2017 to 1.1M in 2018.

The largest single share of Protective Services graduates go on to work as Police officers (10.7%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Protective Services by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Homeland Security is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.

The most common industries that employ Protective Services majors, by number of employees, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , Elementary & secondary schools, and Legal services.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Homeland Security is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.
1.1M
2018 Workforce
± 25,691
1.78%
1 Year Growth
± 3.25%

The number of Protective Services graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.78%, from 1.08M in 2017 to 1.1M in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Protective Services graduates by share is Justice, public order, & safety activities , followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Protective Services.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Homeland Security is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Protective Services majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Protective Services in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Protective Services is 39.6, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Protective Services degrees, and White students earn the majority (1,225) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Homeland Security is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.
39.6
Average Age in 2018
± 0.274 Years
0.736%
1 Year Change
± 0.969%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Protective Services. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 27 years old, which represent 3.6% and 3.57% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Homeland Security are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Homeland Security is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Protective Services are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (67.7%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Homeland Security.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,225 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    417 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    287 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Homeland Security for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Male
    409 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. White Female
    105 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    90 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Homeland Security. White Male students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Homeland Security is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    10,450 degree recipients
  2. India
    4,861 degree recipients
  3. Dominican Republic
    3,369 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Laos
    4.15 times more than expected
  2. England
    3.15 times more than expected
  3. Trinidad & Tobago
    2.43 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Laos that hold Protective Services degrees (4.15 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (10,450 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Homeland Security field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Homeland Security majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Homeland Security majors need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Operation Monitoring, and Management of Financial Resources.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Homeland Security majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Operation and Control is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Monitoring, and Critical Thinking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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