Retail Loss Prevention Specialists

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Retail loss prevention specialists make sure that systems and procedures are in place to prevent merchandise theft and financial loss in retail stores. They investigate the activities of employees and conduct audits and report on their findings. Specialists may also be responsible for apprehending shoplifters and in some instances testifying in retail theft or fraud court cases. There are approximately 135,390 protective service workers, including retail loss prevention specialists, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Retail Asset Protection Specialist
Duties Monitor and investigate shoppers' and employees' activities in retail stores to prevent merchandise theft and financial loss; document and report on merchandise and stock shortages
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country, with high job opportunities in populous states such as New York, California, Texas, Florida, and New Jersey
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Speech
Experience Two to three years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager, Director, Loss Prevention Department
  • Retail Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Associate Retail Loss Prevention Specialist

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