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High Demand Sector: Security and Law Enforcement

Industry Profile: Security and Law Enforcement

The North The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) states that this industry is comprised of two subsectors, Police Protection and Security Guards and Patrol Services. This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing guard and patrol services, and government establishments primarily engaged in criminal and civil law enforcement, police, traffic safety, and other activities related to the enforcement of the law and preservation of order.

Relevant Industry Data:
Supply is higher than the National Average for high demand Security and Law Occupations in the District. An average area the size of the District would have 19,302 employees. There are 66,722 employees in DC. This higher than expected supply may make it easier to find candidates. The gap between expected and actual employment is expected to remain roughly the same over the next 5 years.

  • The number of unique Job Postings in the last 12 months was 7,971
  • Jobs in this industry can be found in Federal Government Civilian (32%), Legal Services (28.8%), Investigation and Security Services (16.4%).
  • The median compensation is $68.02 per hour, 164% higher than the National median wage of $25.79 per hour.
  • 37.6% of high demand high demand Security and Law jobs in the District are held by females.
  • 51.2% of high demand high demand Security and Law jobs in the District are held by racial minorities.
  • 77.6% of high demand high demand Security and Law jobs in the District are held by individuals ages 25-54.

*The data provided in the section above is derived from the Lightcast Occupations Snapshot Report for the District of Columbia, and is based on 12 occupations all in Job Zones 1-5.

The top 10 employers for the Security and Law industry within the last 12 months are: Allied Universal, United States Government, Georgetown University, United Stated Department of Justice, United States Congress, Sectek, GPAC, GardaWorld, United States Department of Homeland Security and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares secondary and post-secondary adult students which aligns this industry with their Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Industry.

Wage and Unique Postings information captured in the subsequent chart reflects August 2023 Lightcast Occupations Report data and will be updated annually.

Click on the links below to view the Career Pathway Map and High-Demand Occupations for the Security and Law Enforcement Industry:

SLE Security Guard Career Pathways Final.pdf
High Demand Occupations List FY2024.pdf