Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Security and protective service

Security and protective service field of degree. Employment: 1,191,040. Median annual wage: $50,000.

Security and protective service field of degree. Employment: 1,191,040. Median annual wage: $50,000

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Table 1. Security and protective service degree, 2018

Data

Security and protective service

All fields

Employment

1,191,040 55,381,020

Median wage

$50,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

11 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

33 59

Percent with an advanced degree

23 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of security and protective service major, 2018

Security and protective service major

Major share

Criminal justice and fire protection

100%

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a security and protective service degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Protective service occupations

24%

Management occupations

11

Office and administrative support occupations

11

Community and social service occupations

8

Sales and related occupations

7

Other

39

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a security and protective service degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

6% High school diploma or equivalent 10% 6%

First-line supervisors of police and detectives

5 High school diploma or equivalent 2 15

Social workers, all other

5 Bachelor's degree 3 38

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 3 50

Lawyers

4 Doctoral or professional degree 3 93

Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

4 Bachelor's degree 3 20

Security guards

3 High school diploma or equivalent 3 3

Detectives and criminal investigators

1 High school diploma or equivalent 2 19

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 3 21

Correctional officers and jailers

-7 High school diploma or equivalent 2 3

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Security and protective service,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/security-and-protective-service/security-and-protective-service-field-of-degree.htm (visited October 19, 2021).

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