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Security - Loss Prevention Specialist

Associate in Applied Arts

Program Overview

Loss prevention is a critical part of the security industry that helps retailers keep costs low and helps preserve the health of individual stores and retail chains.

Working in security/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. 

Earning Potential

There are more than 2,000 current positions in the Great Lakes Bay Region and job growth is expected to rise slightly over the next 10 years.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $49,900 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Security Management
  • Investigator
  • Accounting professor working with students in class.
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About Delta's Program

When the Security - Loss Prevention program is successfully completed, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in security/loss prevention. An Associate in Criminal Justice Security degree will help you stand out among other applicants and can be a starting point for a management position or 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

Why you should choose Delta 


Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  


Co-op opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.


Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


Transfer opportunities

One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go anywhere. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice to get your associate's and then transfer on!

Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your criminal justice studies with:

  • Ferris State University - Criminal Justice with options
  • University of Phoenix - Criminal Justice Administration Management

Visit transfer agreements and guides to see the whole list of transfer opportunities. Have questions? Make an appointment with academic advising to discuss your dreams.

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