Protective Officer

Guard government installations and documents against illegal acts.
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Salary Range
$32,000 – $84,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Protective Officers do?

Guards government installations, materials, and documents against illegal acts, such as sabotage, riot, and espionage: Patrols area on foot, horseback, automobile, or aircraft to detect and prevent unauthorized activities, using weapons or physical force as necessary. Searches installation for explosive devices and notifies bomb disposal unit. Stands guard during secret and hazardous experiments. Performs routine police duties within installation. May travel throughout United States and foreign countries.

Should I be a Protective Officer?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Protective Officer

    We recommend at least a Certificate. Check out these schools offering Protective Officer-related education!
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