Security in Arkansas

Security Jobs in Arkansas differ by location and job duties, but there are many roles available with all levels of training and education.

About Arkansas

Arkansas is located in the Southern region of the United States. The northwest half of the state has mountains and other highlands, while the southeastern half is very flat. Arkansas has a humid subtropical climate, featuring hot and humid summers and colder temperatures in the winter. Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, snow, and ice storms are common in the state. Arkansas is also sometimes hit with remnants of nearby tropical storms and hurricanes.

In July 2012, the population of Arkansas was 2,949,132, an increase of 1. 1 percent from 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Arkansas is the 32nd most populous state in the United States. The largest city in the state is Little Rock, with a population of 717,666, not including its nearby suburbs. In 2013, Kiplinger magazine named Little Rock the #1 place to live among metropolitan areas under one million people.

State-Based Security Education and Financial Aid

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education offers several scholarships and grants:

  • The Academic Challenge Program – is available to Arkansas residents seeking higher education in the state. All students are eligible to apply, regardless of their academic status.
  • Higher Education Opportunities Grant – available to full-time and part-time students based on financial need. Students must be a resident of the state for at least 12 months, meet financial aid requirements, and complete the FAFSA.
  • Workforce Improvement Grant – available for students who are at least 24 years old. Must meet financial need requirements and complete the FAFSA.

For more information on these and other Arkansas financial aid opportunities, visit

Arkansas Arizona Security Employment and Jobs Outlook

In May 2021, an estimated 5,670 security guards work throughout Arkansas, according to BLS. The location quotient for security guards in the state is 0.62, which means that there are fewer security jobs in Arkansas than the national average.

Most security jobs are located in the Little Rock-North Little Rock metropolitan areas Around 2,800 security guards are employed in that area. While security guard jobs are less likely to increase in areas outside of Little Rock, job opportunities should continue to increase as the population of Little Rock-North Little Rock continues to grow.

LocationTotal Security Guard EmploymentAverage Salary
All of United States1,057,100$35,830
BLS May 2021 employment of Security Guards by State

Unarmed and Armed Security Guard Requirements

The Arkansas State Police is in charge of licensing for private security agencies. To find out more details visit their website.

Licensing: Arkansas Department of Public Safety Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies