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Protective Service – Job Summaries

Protective Service – Job Summaries

Protective Service

This group includes workers who provide public safety.

Overall employment in protective service occupations is projected to grow 2 percent from 2021 to 2031, slower than the average for all occupations; though slow, the increase is expected to result in about 72,600 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 421,500 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2022).

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Arson Investigators and 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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Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.

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911 Emergency Dispatchers


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Firefighters and Wildland Firefighters

Firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies involving life, property, or the environment.

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First Responders

First responders comprise of the Firefighters, Police Officers, and Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics that respond to emergency calls.

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Police Officer

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

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Private Investigator

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

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Rescue Diver

Rescue divers are skilled and trained professionals who perform underwater search, recovery, and lifesaving operations in hazardous and challenging aquatic environments, often working to save lives and retrieve objects in emergency situations.

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Security Guards

Security guards and gambling surveillance officers protect property from illegal activity.

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