Protective Services

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
144,759
declining 4.08%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$5,926
declining 2.69%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$27,990
growing 2.84%
Average Wage
$65,551
growing 3.37%
People in Workforce
1.18M
growing 6.66%
Average Employee Age
39.5
declining 0.123%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Protective Services degree recipients are New York, NY, Phoenix, AZ, and San Diego, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Protective Services degree recipients are Canfield, OH, Gladeview, FL, and West Haven, CT. The most common degree awarded to students studying Protective Services is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Protective Services and the types of students that study this field. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice awards the most degrees in Protective Services in the US, but Greene County Vocational School District and Caribbean Forensic and Technical College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Protective Services.

Tuition costs for Protective Services majors are, on average, $5,926 for in-state public colleges, and $27,990 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Protective Services programs are Public, 2-year institutions (761 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (58,087 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Protective Services, is Public, 4-year or above (58,087 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Protective Services programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$5,926
Median In-State Public
$27,990
Median Out of State Private

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice has the most Protective Services degree recipients, with 2,180 degrees awarded in 2019.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Protective Services programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Greene County Vocational School District has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Protective Services, with 100%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Protective Services

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Protective Services by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Protective Services.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Protective Services graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Protective Services majors is $65,551 and the most common occupations are Police officers, Other managers, and Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists.

The industry that employs the most Protective Services majors is Justice, public order, & safety activities , though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Support activities for agriculture & forestry.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$65,551
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,243
3.37%
1 Year Growth
± 2.62%

The average salary for Protective Services majors is $65,551 and the most common occupations are Police officers, Other managers, and Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Protective Services majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Protective Services majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations by median income for Protective Services majors are Physicians, Physician assistants, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Occupations by Share

1.18M
2019 Workforce
± 26,528
6.66%
1 Year Growth
± 3.04%

The number of Protective Services graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 6.66%, from 1.1M in 2018 to 1.18M in 2019.

The largest single share of Protective Services graduates go on to work as Police officers (11.4%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Protective Services by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries that employ Protective Services majors, by number of employees, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , Elementary & secondary schools, and Legal services.

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Industries by Share

1.18M
2019 Workforce
± 26,528
6.66%
1 Year Growth
± 3.04%

The number of Protective Services graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 6.66%, from 1.1M in 2018 to 1.18M in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Protective Services graduates by share is Justice, public order, & safety activities , followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Protective Services.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Protective Services majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Protective Services in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Protective Services is 39.5.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Protective Services degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Protective Services (69,870 students).

Workforce Age

39.5
Average Age in 2019
± 0.264 Years
0.123%
1 Year Change
± 0.962%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Protective Services. The most common ages of employees with this major are 35 and 27 years old, which represent 3.67% and 3.56% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Protective Services are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Protective Services are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (56.5%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Protective Services.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    69,870 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    35,632 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    22,101 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Protective Services for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Male
    15,940 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    12,288 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    7,842 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Protective Services. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    13,599 degree recipients
  2. Colombia
    4,043 degree recipients
  3. Haiti
    3,714 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Moldova
    7.31 times more than expected
  2. Panama
    3.34 times more than expected
  3. Bulgaria
    3.31 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Moldova that hold Protective Services degrees (7.31 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (13,599 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Protective Services field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Protective Services majors need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Protective Services majors need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Equipment Maintenance, and Negotiation.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Protective Services majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Operation and Control is very distinctive for majors, but the Critical Thinking, Active Listening, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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