Federal Government Jobs

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Job Opportunities

The Department of Homeland Security employs over 230,000 to secure the nation from the many threats this country faces. Jobs range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Jobs are available nationwide and overseas.

Their duties include detection, preparation for, prevention, protection against, response to, and recovery from terrorist attacks; enhancing security; securing and managing our borders; enforcing and administering immigration laws; safeguarding and securing cyberspace; and ensuring resilience to disasters. They keep America safe.

According to the DHS 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, “The Nation faces a complex threat landscape with enemies and adversaries who are constantly evolving. Accordingly, the Department will build on the considerable progress since its formation and lead homeland security initiatives across this Nation and the globe that meet the threats of today and the future. The Department’s dedicated operators and personnel will safeguard against threats both foreign and domestic, respond to national emergencies and contingencies, and preserve the Nation’s prosperity and economic security.”

Available Jobs

Most agencies find it difficult to hire the talent they need. Competition between the private and public sectors requires agencies to be creative when advertising job vacancies.

Currently, The DHS has over 670 job announcements listed on USAJOBS and many are for multiple locations nationwide. Literally thousands of vacancies for those willing to seek them out and apply online.

There are many opportunities for a broad spectrum of occupations, from management specialists, administrative, contract specialists, advisors, numerous IT positions, duty officers, investigators and everything in between.

They also employ numerous law enforcement officers that work for Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Secret Service

Operational and Support Components

A review of the following organizations, agencies and services reveals the scope of DHS services. If you are interested in one of these components, explore their website for occupations of interest:

Diversity of Opportunities

USAJOBS allows job seekers to filter their search to remote and telework jobs for those who need the flexibility for personal reasons. Other filters allow users to limit their search to a specific location, full-time, part-time or intermittent jobs, appointment type, travel percentage and more.

Many positions advertise multiple locations and offer incentives for those selected for the job. These include student loan payments, and the ability to negotiate your starting salary in some cases. It may also be possible to have the agency pay for your initial move. However, this is limited to hard to fill, critical occupations.


The ability to locate job announcements with DHS and many other agencies that meet your personal needs make Federal employment an attractive option for many. Federal employment incentives and benefits are exceptional and you can search for related occupations with all agencies if no DHS vacancies are available in your area.

About The Author

Dennis V. Damp is a retired federal manager, business owner, career counselor and veteran. Damp’s The Book of U.S. Government Jobs was awarded “Best Career” title by the Benjamin Franklin Awards Committee. Damp is the author of 28 books, a recognized employment expert, and a retired federal manager with 35 years of service. He worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and held numerous supervisory and management positions and was responsible for recruiting, rating and interviewing applicants, outreach and hiring. His last government position was technical operations manager at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s air traffic control tower.