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Retail Loss Prevention Specialists

Tips for Entry

Get a part-time or summer job in a loss prevention department at a retail store. Search the career section of store Web sites for job openings and ask your school's career services office for help with finding opportunities.

Read industry-related journals and publications to keep up with news and developments in the loss prevention field. For example, The National Retail Federation offers articles on loss prevention on its Web site,

Make professional connections and learn about potential job opportunities by attending industry events and conferences, such as NRF PROTECT, the National Retail Federation's annual networking event for people who work in asset protection, loss prevention, and related areas:

Conduct an informational interview with a retail loss prevention specialist to learn how they got started in this field, their educational background, and any advice they may have for students. Ask your school's career services office for help with setting up the interview.