Emergency services, public protection and defence

Graduate careers in defence & public protection.

Use this page as your starting point for finding out about working in this sector. 


These sector guides, produced by leading careers information providers, include overviews of the sector and more detail on specific areas, such as defence and public protection.  They contain suggestions of employers and, where relevant, further study. 

Law enforcement and security (Prospects)

Below, we list profiles of some roles specific to this sector. There are also other roles which are common to this and many other sectors.

Each of the profiles we list includes information about: 

  • typical responsibilities in the role 

  • average starting salary range for new entrants 

  • entry requirements 

  • career progression 

  • professional bodies 

  • typical employers  

  • where to look for vacancies 

Border Force officer


Environmental health practitioner


Health and safety inspector

Police - recruitment

Joining the police (Prospects)

Police Scotland 


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