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Introduction to Security & counter terrorism

Since the events of 9/11, the world has never been the same. As terrorism increases across the globe, a growing number of brave individuals are needed in the field. For those interested in protecting others, there has never been a better time to study a security course than there is today.
Daniela studied security, terrorism and counter terrorism with Murdoch University through Open Universities Australia

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Security & counter terrorism study FAQs

What's the job outlook if I study a security course?

According to Labour Market Insights, strong job growth is predicted across the public administration and safety sector. In the next five years, increasing opportunities are expected.

What you’ll learn with a security course online:

  • The theory and practice of counter-terrorism studies.
  • Domestic, regional and international challenges in the field.
  • The changing nature of security in a digital world.
  • How to assess risk and potential threats.

What careers can I choose from with a security course?

Choose a security course and you could work as a:

  • Counter-terrorism consultant
    Use your online security course to predict threats and protect against attacks.
  • Security and risk manager
    Work with producers to reduce risks at major concerts and sporting events.
  • Intelligence analyst or officer
    Put the analytical skills developed in your security course to use by collecting and analysing classified information.
  • Law enforcement or defence officer
    Join police or defence force agencies to protect people in the community.
  • Aid and development officer
    Use your online security course to gain a position with the government – looking after the wellbeing of locals and visitors.
  • Border protection officer
    Inspect cargo, people and luggage to ensure they comply. Detain and interview suspects.
  • Australian Defence Force Analyst
    Use the analytical and communication skills developed in your security course to give the army the information they need to keep the country safe.

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