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Guard, patrol, detect, deter, observe, report, protect, and monitor premises, to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.

Career Details


Students in Security and Protective Services are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Protecting and enforcing laws on an employer’s property
  • Monitoring alarms and closed-circuit TV cameras
  • Conducting security checks over a specified area.
  • Writing reports that outline what has been observed while on patrol.
  • Interviewing witnesses for later court testimony.
  • Detaining criminal violators.

Career Options

Graduates of this career pathway often go on to work for private security companies that contract with businesses requiring secure facilities. Security personnel provide surveillance around the clock by working in 8-hour shifts or longer with rotating schedules. the job often requires working nights and weekends, with part-time and full-time opportunities.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete six months’ full-time work experience in addition to training.
  • Be at least 18 or 21 years old. (varies by state)
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a clean criminal record. (varies by state)
  • Provide two references (e.g., career technical training instructor and work-based learning supervisor).


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Security and Protective Services Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Communication skills
Organizational skills
Physical strength
Quick decision-making skills