Protective Service career paths: Qualifications, Salary, and more

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  • Fire Inspectors

    Fire inspectors examine buildings in order to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state, and local fire codes are met. Fire investigators, another type of worker in this field, determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists assess outdoor fire hazards in public and residential areas.

  • Police and Detectives

    Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.

  • License/Certification/Other

  • Firefighters

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

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Private Detectives and Investigators

    Private detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters. They offer many services, such as verifying people’s backgrounds and statements, finding missing persons, and investigating computer crimes.

  • Correctional Officers and Bailiffs

    Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals 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.

  • Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers

    Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and protect property against theft, vandalism, and other illegal activity.