541-Protective services workers

Job Title ( International classification ): 
Protective services workers
ISCO Code: 
Job Description: 
Protective services workers protect individuals and property against fire and other hazards, maintain law and order and enforce laws and regulations.

Main Tasks include -

  • preventing, fighting and extinguishing fires
  • rescuing people from burning buildings and accident sites and those trapped in dangerous situations
  • maintaining law and order, enforcing laws and regulations, patrolling public areas and arresting suspected offenders
  • directing traffic and assuming authority in the event of accidents
  • watching over and maintaining order among inmates of prisons, reformatories or penitentiaries
  • patrolling or monitoring premises to guard property against theft and vandalism, controlling access to establishments and maintaining order and enforcing regulations at public events and within establishments. Supervision of other workers may be included.

Occupations in this minor group are classified into the following unit groups:

5411 Fire-fighters
5412 Police officers
5413 Prison guards
5414 Security guards
5419 Protective services workers not elsewhere classified