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Protecting our homeland is primarily a federal responsibility with support from state and local law enforcement agencies.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is one of the principal federal agencies. Charged with protecting America's coastlines and waterways against security threats, USCG civilian employees work together with military personnel to enforce the law, provide security, save lives, operate ports and waterways, and protect the environment.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is another key federal agency responsible for enforcing U.S. immigration and customs laws. Using both their own resources and working with other federal agencies, ICE employs cutting edge enforcement techniques to provide security, conduct major investigations, and gather intelligence.

Both the USCG and ICE are part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The USCG employs over 6,000 civilian employees in more than 200 different occupational specialties, including many professional, administrative support, technical, and trade positions.

ICE has more than 15,000 employees nationally and around the world, including work as criminal investigators, management and program analysts, information technology specialists as well as traditional customs inspection officers and other enforcement personnel.

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S Coast Guard (USCG); U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); ASIS International

Coast Guard Ship Guarding Bridge - copyright © 2006 Patrick Boury - used with permission

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U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) civilian jobs and careers information is directly available at USCG Web site. Information on enlistment is available at GoCoastGuard.

For more information regarding the National Guard, visit either the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement career and job information is directly available on the ICE Web site.

General information on careers and employment with the various agencies under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is available on the DHS Web site, specifically, the DHS - Homeland Security Careers.

For more information on career opportunities in local, regional, or state law enforcement, contact local or state chapters of the National Fraternal Order of Police.

Careers in Homeland Security Report

Career in Homeland Security Screen Capture This report, published in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly (BLS, Summer 2006), describes various Homeland Security career options, including highlight profiles for border patrol agents, emergency management directors, and analytic chemists.

Education and Training in Homeland Security

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