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Protective services jobs encompass a variety of positions designed to keep buildings, valuables and people safe. Protective services employment can include anything from a police officer positions to private detective work to school crossing guard jobs. The typical protective services job requires some special training and certification, as well as at least a high school diploma, background check approval and classes in emergency procedures.

A very common protective services position is that of security guard jobs. Security guard employment can be found at many different locations, everywhere from department stores to office buildings to nuclear power plants. Depending on the level of security and detail required, security guards or officers may work at a desk or on location. They generally utilize telephone and radio communication devices, and have a predetermined plan of police, emergency or fire fighter involvement.

In order to further move up the ranks into security guard careers, the guard may take on additional training in subjects like first aid, public relations and crisis deterrence. There is a voluntary training under the American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS) that is establishing minimum standards and guidelines. Security guards that carry a gun or other weaponry are also required to have additional government licensure.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, security guard work—especially in the casino and gaming surveillance niche—is expected to increase by 17 percent, during 2006-2016. Other favorable security guard positions can be found within hospitals and medical centers, elementary and secondary schools, and local government facilities.

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