Federal law enforcement. As security measures become more complex, workers are needed to implement them. At the federal level, forecasts call for 50,000 new hires this year, ranging from airport screeners for the Transportation Security Administration, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, to intelligence analysts at the Department of Defense, to special agents at the Secret Service.
The federal government operates a Web site, USAJobs.gov, which explains the process for applying to federal positions and it's the centralized location for these and other federal jobs.
For hourly opportunities in security, which in many cases require significantly less training and education than some federal positions, look to local or national security personnel firms such as Allied Barton.
Start-ups. Small businesses have created 64 percent of all new jobs in this country over the past 15 years, according to the Commerce Department. And, as President Obama recently said, "Every once in a while a small business becomes a big business -- and changes the world."
The snag with landing a job with a start-up company is finding the company in the first place. These are some of the most interesting positions jobs around, but difficult to find because the names aren't known.
A new Web site called Startuphire.com is a great resource for searching openings in funded companies. The company says roughly 4,000 new jobs are added to the site each month. The current job listings represent nearly 2,000 startup companies across the country -- and among them you may ultimately find the next Google, Facebook or Twitter.
Be aware of steep competition. Carmax recently announced that it's adding 600 openings throughout the country. Earlier this month, hotel chain Starwood said it would hire 6,000 workers at new properties. In the same announcement, the company warned of the competition. When they opened a hotel in Washington, D.C., late last year, more than 10,000 applicants vied for 300 positions.
Don't use this as a crutch to avoid applying; it's recognize that you've really got to be on your game at all times.