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Retail Loss Prevention Specialists


Retail loss prevention specialists make sure that systems and procedures are in place to prevent merchandise theft and financial loss in retail stores. They investigate the activities of employees and conduct audits and report on their findings. Specialists may also be responsible for apprehending shoplifters and in some instances testifying in retail theft or fraud court cases. There are approximately 135,390 protective service workers, including retail loss prevention specialists, employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




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Manager, Director, Loss Prevention Department

Retail Loss Prevention Specialist

Associate Retail Loss Prevention Specialist