Tammy, The world has changed since September 2001. Not only has the U.S. Department of Labor predicted that by 2010 there will be more than a 29% increase in the demand for FBI Officers, Police Officers, Private Detectives, U.S. Customs Agents and many others, but the growing emphasis on homeland security has created an unprecedented demand for criminal justice and security professionals.Sad to say, but they're right, there. I'd say that the enforcement arms of various regulatory agencies are pretty much the only real sure-fire winners in the job market of the next several years. They and the other various badge-carrying agents of Leviathan will be okey-dokey. I don't know about the Border Patrol, though; they've always been the red-headed stepchild of federal LE, and I'm not sure that they're poised for a radical growth curve in the era of Hope and Change.
Local law enforcement may be in a bit more of a pickle; if tax revenues fall, it can be hard to run a SWAT team off the cash from speeding tickets and the occasional seized doublewide. Be a shame if Mayberry had to sell its stylin' armored car to make ends meet.
While we're on the topic of Leviathan, I note that if you are in the hand-made infant goodies business, now you have a whole year to learn another skill, instead of being screwed in February. Thanks, Big Government! O You are truly most munificent!