Security Career Statistics

Security Career Statistics
  • Security guards held about 1 million jobs in 2003.
  • About 1 in 7 guards work part-time, and many guards hold another job to supplement their income.
    • Many are attracted to the limited prior training needed and the flexible hours.
  • The field is expected to grow faster than average.
  • Growth for all three areas (law enforcement, security, and corrections) is expected to be faster than the average through 2012.
  • Paid overtime is quite common, even when one is scheduled for a 40 hour work week.
  • Police officers usually have good pension plans that allow them to retire at half-pay after 20-25 years of service.
  • Police chiefs earned an average of $68,337 (minimum) to $87,037 (maximum) in 2002. State troopers and patrol officers earned more, on average, than local and federal officers; $47,090 vs. $42,020 and $41,600, respectively, in 2002.
  • Some of the Federal agencies in law enforcement include:
    • FBI
    • DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)
    • U.S. Marshals
    • INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service)
    • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
    • Customs
    • Secret Service
    • Bureau of Diplomatic Security
    • Postal Service
    • National Park Service
    • Federal Air Marshals
  • Most correctional officers work in rural areas, in institutions with smaller inmate populations.
  • There are 118 jails in the US that house over 1,000 inmates (all are in urban areas).

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