Occupations in Protective Service vary greatly and are mainly focused on safety and security - from protecting the public against various types of dangers to fire fighting to emergency response to enforcing safety rules and regulations to crime investigations to private detective work, and much more. Individuals will find a variety of Protective Service jobs in both public and private sectors. Examples of the many types of professions include, but are not limited to:
While each profession has its own specific set of characteristics, skills, abilities, and requirements, some of the more commonly shared include, but are not limited to:
For the most part, individuals entering a career in Protective Service must:
Special training programs, again depending on the type of occupation, are available and can take anywhere from a few months up to five years to complete. Some fire departments, police departments, and academies offer apprenticeship and special training programs.
While on-the-job training is available for a variety of occupations (e.g., Probation Officer, Police and Detective Supervisors), they also generally require a minimum of three or four years' work-related experience as a prerequisite and can take anywhere from a few to several months to complete. Note that requirements for specific occupations vary by state.
Recognized certification programs and examinations are available. They enhance one's knowledge in a specific occupation or discipline and afford better career opportunities. Requirements vary by state.
Schools for Protective Service are listed in the column to the left.
This table shows summary data on occupations in the US. Clicking on any occupation name brings you to a page showing job prospects and salaries for that occupation in hundreds of metro areas across the country, with data updated through 2008.(Where data is denoted by an asterisk (*), summary info was not available.
The green bars in the table below indicate the relative salary levels and growth rates of each occupation, compared to the others. The levels are determined by sorting the occupations (by salary or growth rate, separately) and then dividing them into ten groups corresponding to the the ten possible green bar levels. So a single bar means the occupation is in the bottom 10% for that characteristic compared to others on this page.
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|Occupation||Jobs||Median Pay||% Growth
|Correctional Officers and Jailers||428,040|
|Detectives and Criminal Investigators||104,480|
|Fire Inspectors and Investigators||12,920|
|Police and Sheriffs Patrol Officers||633,710|
|Private Detectives and Investigators||35,820|
|Supervisors Of Correctional Officers||40,840|
|Supervisors Of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers||53,300|
|Supervisors Of Police and Detectives||92,840|
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We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Protective Service.
Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.