Protective Service Associate Professionals

Job holders in this unit group inspect goods to ensure compliance with regulations concerning payment of duty, establish that persons entering and leaving the UK have necessary authorisation for crossing national borders, monitor maritime conditions, undertake search and rescue operations, plan and coordinate services of private detective agencies and security measures for individuals, establishments or organisations, investigates activities such as fraud and other crimes, and perform other security and protective service occupations.


New workers
£ 26,789
£ 38,638
£ 50,187

Available jobs

In the past year there were 63,877 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Investigates crimes, including fraud, trading practices and the private affairs of individuals.

  • Supervises and assigns duties to security and detection staff.

  • Analyses security requirements, advises clients, and develops, monitors and improves security measures.

  • Photographs, fingerprints and undertakes other forms of forensic examination at the scene of a crime.

  • Receives distress messages, alerts other appropriate rescue services and participates in search and rescue operations.

  • Broadcasts information on weather and maritime conditions, monitors shipping and provides instruction to navigators.

  • Visits racecourses, greyhound stadiums and betting shops to ensure compliance with legal requirements.

  • Maintains revenue control at breweries, tobacco factories and other premises where dutiable goods are manufactured, processed or stored.

  • Examines passports, visas, work permits and other immigration documents, and allows or refuses entry into the UK.

  • Examines, weighs and counts goods imported by ship or aircraft, ensures that the declared value of goods is satisfactory, and that duties and taxes have been paid.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Loss Prevention

  • Auditing

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Information Privacy

  • Risk Analysis

  • Social Work

  • Mental Health

  • Data Analysis

  • Risk Management

  • Forensic Sciences

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Customer Service

  • Investigation

  • Resilience

  • Self-Motivation

  • Operations

  • Detail Oriented

  • Leadership

  • Interpersonal Communications

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.