Protective Service Occupations

The most recent data of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) states the following about protective service occupations:

Employment in protective service occupations is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average, and will result in about 95,200 new jobs.

Protective service occupations had a median annual wage of $41,580 in May 2019, which was slightly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810.


Protective Service Jobs

Below you find a list of positions with a job summary, entry-level education, and median pay level. Each link brings you to a specific job page where you can find more information about the position, and commonly asked interview questions and answers for that job.

OccupationJob SummaryEntry-Level Education2019 Median Pay
Correctional Officers and BailiffsCorrectional officers oversee those 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.High school diploma or equivalent$45,300
Fire InspectorsFire inspectors examine buildings in order to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state, and local fire codes are met.See How to Become One$60,230
FirefightersFirefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies where life, property, or the environment is at risk.Postsecondary nondegree award$50,850
Police and DetectivesPolice officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.See How to Become One$65,170
Private Detectives and InvestigatorsPrivate detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters.High school diploma or equivalent$50,510
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersSecurity guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and protect property from illegal activity.High school diploma or equivalent$29,710


Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers

Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Adaptability
  3. Admission
  4. Behavioral
  5. Career Change
  6. Career Goals
  7. Communication
  8. Competency
  9. Conflict Resolution
  10. Creative Thinking
  11. Cultural Fit
  12. Customer Service
  13. Direct
  14. Experience
  15. Government
  16. Graduate
  17. Growth Potential
  18. Honesty & Integrity
  19. Illegal
  20. Inappropriate
  21. Job Satisfaction
  22. Leadership
  23. Management
  24. Entry-Level & No experience
  25. Performance-Based
  26. Personal
  27. Prioritization & Time Management
  28. Problem-solving
  29. Salary
  30. Situational & Scenario-based
  31. Stress Management
  32. Teamwork
  33. Telephone Interview
  34. Tough
  35. Uncomfortable
  36. Work Ethic