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        Private Security and Protective Services
        Many businesses, organizations, and individuals rely on private security and protective services to safeguard buildings, people, and goods.

        • Key Traits: Ability to work under pressure, interpersonal relations skills, strong ethics.
        • Education Required: Associate’s or bachelor’s degree plus on-the-job training.
        • Where Private Security Services Are Needed: Financial institutions, colleges and universities, museums and galleries, office buildings.

        Projected Growth Through 2018**:
        153,600 new jobs, or 14% growth rate nation-widei

        **All job growth figures are estimates and based on national projections. Local markets will vary.

        iBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers, on the Internet at (visited February 17, 2011).

        Private Investigation

        Private Investigation
        Private investigation is the practice of gathering evidence for clients to provide information about personal, financial, or legal matters. Evidence can be gathered through records searches, surveillance, or interviews.

        • Key Traits: Critical thinking skills, creative problem-solving, interviewing skills.
        • Education Required: Bachelor’s degree.
        • Where Private Investigation Is Needed: Agencies, including private investigation firms or private security firms. Insurance firms sometimes use private investigation services to gather evidence in suspected cases of fraud.

        Projected Growth Through 2018**:
        10,000 new jobs, or 22% growth rate nation-wideii

        **All job growth figures are estimates and based on national projections. Local markets will vary.

        iiBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Private Detectives and Investigators, on the Internet at (visited December 13, 2010).


        The field of corrections is responsible for the custody and rehabilitation of inmates in jails and prisons.

        • Key Traits: Coolness under pressure, ability to interact with difficult people, professionalism.
        • Education Required: Associate degree for many local and state positions; bachelor degree for Federal Bureau of Prisons candidates. Training academies and on-the-job training are common in corrections.
        • Where Corrections Services Are Needed: Jails, prisons, court houses, police stations.

        Projected Growth Through 2018**:
        48,300 new jobs, or 9% growth rate nation-wideiii

        **All job growth figures are estimates and based on national projections. Local markets will vary.

        iiiBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Correctional Officers, on the Internet at (visited December 13, 2010).

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