If you are interested in a career as a Loss Prevention Specialist and want a degree with the option of transferring to obtain a bachelor’s degree, the Associate in Applied Arts might be for you.
Loss prevention is a critical part of the security industry in that it helps retailers keep costs low and helps preserve the health of individual stores and chains.
Working in loss prevention is an excellent way to break into a criminology career, providing great opportunities to gain valuable experience that will translate well into other fields, such as law enforcement.
The job of a loss prevention specialist often includes monitoring shoppers, safely apprehending and detaining suspected shoplifters, writing reports, planning investigations and stings and using surveillance and radio equipment.
If you have a clean record, enjoy working with people and have an affinity for the retail industry, and if you understand and appreciate the problem that retail theft causes, a job in loss prevention may be perfect for you.
About the program
When the program is successfully completed, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in security/loss prevention. An Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Security will help you stand out among other applicants and can be a starting point for a management position. It can also be a starting point for those looking to advance their career with a bachelor’s degree, making someone more marketable in the field.
Some positions that students completing this program have had are:
- Loss prevention detective
- Private investigation employee
- Loss prevention manager
As retail theft continues to be a major source of lost revenue for stores, the need for loss prevention specialists will continue. Growth is largely tied to growth in the retail industry.
Jobs in the field are expected to grow by five percent from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There is potential for advancement in the field, and with training and experience, loss prevention managers can earn up to $50,000 annually.
What students are saying
“The most important thing I have learned from my Delta instructors is the huge scope of security. I never had stopped to think about everything that could fall under the umbrella of security.” -- Jeffrey Clauss, former student
Find out more
Have questions or want more information? Contact:
Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Gregory A. Teter
989-686-9253; Office G-124