Career Outlook

Berkeley College National Security Career Outlook

National Security at a Glance

Berkeley College National Security Career Outlook

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the National Security program can pursue such careers as criminal investigators, police officers, military officers, or security consultants.

Educational Requirements

Police and detective applicants must be graduates of training academies. Many academies and police departments require that applicants have some college course work or a degree. Military officers are usually required to have a Bachelor’s degree.

Job Responsibilities

Some job responsibilities for police officers include:

  • Enforce laws
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency calls
  • Patrol assigned areas
  • Conduct traffic stops and issue citations
  • Obtain warrants and arrest suspects
  • Prepare cases and testify in court

Some job responsibilities for detectives include:

  • Investigate crimes
  • Collect and secure evidence from crime scenes
  • Conduct interviews with suspects and witnesses
  • Observe the activities of suspects
  • Obtain warrants and arrest suspects

Some responsibilities for military officers include:

  • Plan, organize, and lead troops and activities in military operations
  • Manage enlisted personnel
  • Operate and command aircraft, ships, or armored vehicles
  • Provide military personnel with professional services in medical, legal, engineering, and other fields

Outlook for Employment

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 4 percent through 2024. Continued desire for public safety will result in a need for more officers. However, demand for employment is expected to vary depending on location, driven largely by local and state budgets. Opportunities should be good for qualified individuals in all branches of the Armed Forces through 2024. All services have needs to fill entry-level and professional positions as members of the Armed Forces move up through the ranks, leave the service, or retire.

Please note that these are national statistics and projections that might vary by location.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition and