Protective Service Occupations

Employment of protective service occupations is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, slower than average, which will result in about 95,200 new jobs.

Protective service occupations had a median annual wage of $40,640 in May 2018, which was slightly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640.

  Occupation Job Summary Entry-Level Education 2020 MEDIAN PAY
Correctional officers Correctional Officers and Bailiffs

Correctional officers oversee those who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison. Bailiffs are law enforcement officers who maintain safety and order in courtrooms.

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Firefighters Firefighters

Firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies where life, property, or the environment is at risk.

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Fire inspectors and investigators Fire Inspectors

Fire inspectors examine buildings in order to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state, and local fire codes are met.

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Police and detectives Police and Detectives

Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.

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Private detectives and investigators Private Detectives and Investigators

Private detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters.

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Security guards and gaming surveillance officers Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and protect property from illegal activity.

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Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019