Pennsylvania is a beautiful state located in a geographically interesting area, sharing a shore with Lake Eerie (one of the Great Lakes) and having a major Atlantic seaport on the other end. It has a rich history, deeply connected with that of the entire American country. Many historical sites from the Revolutionary Era, like Valley Forge, are visited by millions of tourists yearly. Its largest cities include Philadelphia (population 1.5 million) and Pittsburgh (population 300,000), and the state had a strong industrial history in the past. Extensive farming areas outside the main cities attract particular attention for the Amish and Mennonite communities, cultures that both live on the fringes of society and are very reticent to engage with the surrounding modern world. There are many parks and wilderness areas exemplary of the natural beauty of the northeastern US, and are dotted across the entire state, making for an excellent system to visit. Pymatuning State Park is the largest, at over 20,000 acres in size, and includes one of the state’s largest lakes.
Pennsylvania has a relatively stable outlook on jobs within the security sector. There are several schools, based in the area as well as online, that offer degrees and programs in criminal justice, security, and related fields. There are websites dedicated to listing and cataloging the availability of security jobs, and searching these sites will reveal extensive opportunities to apply for security jobs. Much of the work available is as a security supervisor, security officer (in the private sector), as well as police work in the public sector. Many of these jobs are based in the larger cities, and it would be a good place to start searching for and applying to jobs in the most populous cities, where security is more in demand. While minimum wage in Pennsylvania is set at the federal standard of $7.25 an hour, most security jobs offer a higher pay rate than this, as well as additional benefits. Hazard pay may also be included, based on the exact type of security you might be working. Overtime is frequent as well, as are late shift pay. There are several private security businesses in the state of Pennsylvania as well, and some of them are the leading companies in the industry with work that extends outside the boundaries of the state.
Graduating from a program with a degree in criminal justice, or a program with security training or certification will significantly increase the chances of landing a job in the field, as well as increased advantages of higher pay and offered benefits. Financial aid is often available on state and federal levels, depending on the program applied to. Certain schools may also offer scholarships, private financial aid, education loans, as well as company-subsidized education, all of which help to offset the costs incurred in gaining a specific education for an exciting field full of opportunities!