Criminal Justice, Law & Security
Private Security

If you're serious about security, protecting public and private property, and are looking for to start your career quickly, a certification or degree in Private Security may be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Private Security students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or certification program prior to entering the industry. Some states require Private Security Guards to pass an exam and receive licensure before they can practice professionally. In this field, prior experience in the military or law enforcement is preferred and common.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background and experience in the military or law enforcement helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Private Security Degree Or Certification

Given the narrow, concentrated instruction of certification programs, graduates of a Private Security degree or certification program typically go on to become Private Security Guards.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for Security Guards was $33,030 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.