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Become A Loss Prevention Agent

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Working As A Loss Prevention Agent

  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $45,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Loss Prevention Agent Do

A Loss Prevention Agent helps prevent theft. They create theft prevention plans and policies, as well as monitor the workplace to evaluate the safety issues or concerns.

How To Become A Loss Prevention Agent

Private detectives and investigators typically need several years of work experience in law enforcement or the military. Workers must also have a high school diploma, and the vast majority of states require private detectives and investigators to have a license.


Education requirements vary greatly with the job, but most jobs require a high school diploma. Some, though, may require a 2- or 4-year degree in a field such as criminal justice or police science. 

Corporate investigators typically need a bachelor’s degree. Often, coursework in finance, accounting, and business is preferred. Because many financial investigators have an accounting background, they typically have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field and may be certified public accountants (CPAs). 

Computer forensics investigators often need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or criminal justice. Some colleges and universities now offer certificate programs in computer forensics, and others offer a bachelor’s or a master’s degree.


Most private detectives and investigators learn through on-the-job experience, often lasting several years.

Although new investigators must learn how to gather information, additional training depends on the type of firm that hires them. For instance, at an insurance company, a new investigator will learn on the job how to recognize insurance fraud. Corporate investigators hired by large companies may receive formal training in business practices, management structure, and various finance-related topics. 

Because computer forensics specialists need to both use computers and possess investigative skills, extensive training may be required. Many learn their trade while working for a law enforcement agency for several years. At work, they are taught how to gather evidence and spot computer-related crimes.

Continuing education is important for computer forensics investigators because they work with changing technologies. Investigators must learn the latest methods of fraud detection and new software programs. Many accomplish this task by attending conferences and courses offered by software vendors and professional associations.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Private detectives and investigators typically must have previous work experience, usually in law enforcement, the military, or federal intelligence. Those in such jobs, who are frequently able to retire after 20 or 25 years of service, may become private detectives or investigators in a second career.

Other private detectives and investigators previously may have worked for insurance or collections companies, as paralegals, in finance, or in accounting.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The vast majority of states require private detectives and investigators to have a license. Requirements vary with the state. Professional Investigator Magazine has links to each state’s licensing requirements. Because laws often change, jobseekers should verify the licensing laws related to private investigators with the state and locality in which they want to work.

In most states, detectives and investigators who carry handguns must meet additional requirements.

Although there are no licenses specific to computer forensics investigators, some states require them to be licensed private investigators. Even in states and localities where they are not required to be licensed, having a private investigator license is useful because it allows computer forensics investigators to perform related investigative work. 

Candidates may also obtain certification, although it is not required for employment. Still, becoming certified through professional organizations can demonstrate competence and may help candidates advance in their careers.

For investigators who specialize in negligence or criminal defense investigation, the National Association of Legal Investigators offers the Certified Legal Investigator certification. For investigators who specialize in security, ASIS International offers the Professional Certified Investigator certification.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Private detectives and investigators must listen carefully and ask appropriate questions when interviewing a person of interest.

Decisionmaking skills. Private detectives and investigators must be able to think on their feet and make quick decisions, based on the limited information that they have at a given time.

Inquisitiveness. Private detectives and investigators must want to ask questions and search for the truth.

Patience. Private detectives and investigators may have to spend long periods conducting surveillance while waiting for an event to occur. Investigations may take a long time, and they may not provide a resolution quickly—or at all.

Resourcefulness. Private detectives and investigators must work persistently with whatever leads they have, no matter how limited, to determine the next step toward their goal. They sometimes need to anticipate what a person of interest will do next.

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Loss Prevention Agent Career Paths

Loss Prevention Agent
Assets Protection Specialist Loss Prevention Supervisor Loss Prevention Manager
Area Loss Prevention Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Investigator Project Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Private Investigator Security Supervisor Assets Protection Specialist
Asset Protection Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Specialist Loss Prevention Manager
Asset Protection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Patrol Officer Police Officer Lieutenant
Chief Of Security
9 Yearsyrs
Security Specialist Security Manager Security Director
Director Of Public Safety
11 Yearsyrs
Area Loss Prevention Manager Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Director-Loss Prevention
9 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Manager
District Loss Prevention Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Investigator Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Specialist Security Supervisor
Fire Safety Director
6 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Logistics Specialist Security Officer
Lead Security Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Specialist Loss Prevention Supervisor
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Child Protective Investigator Investigator Loss Prevention Manager
Loss Prevention/Safety Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Police Officer Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Supervisor Loss Prevention Manager
Regional Loss Prevention Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Electrician Security Officer
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Child Protective Investigator Social Worker Investigator
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Police Officer Security Officer
Security Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Loss Prevention Agent Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Hindi

  • Hmong

  • Armenian

  • Thai

  • Chinese

  • Vietnamese

  • Hawaiian

  • Italian

  • Dakota

  • Polish

  • Gujarati

  • Korean

  • Bosnian

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Top Skills for A Loss Prevention Agent


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Top Loss Prevention Agent Skills

  1. External Theft
  2. Loss Prevention
  3. Safety Inspections
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborate with law enforcement to investigate and solve external theft or fraud cases.
  • Train store employees on Loss Prevention policy and procedures.
  • Conducted safety inspections and communicated hazards to Store Management.
  • Apprehend shoplifters, conduct internal investigation.
  • Utilized specialized interview techniques and floor surveillance tactics to catch both internal and external cases.

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