The 2002 Winter Olympics were held in Utah. Since the Games, the state has experienced a marked growth in the tourism industry, especially for winter activities during the winter months. Utah was settled by people of the Mormon faith and even today over 70% of its residents are members of the Mormon religion. Utah has no international borders. It is bordered on the east by Colorado, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada on the west. The state borders would form a rectangle except for the lower southwest corner of Wyoming that juts into the northeast corner of Utah.
Salt Lake City is the capital and most populous city in the state. The city also shares its name with the Great Salt Lake, the largest salt water lake, not only in the U.S., but in the entire Western Hemisphere.
Security Jobs Outlook in Utah
2012 was the third year Forbes placed Utah as the best state in the USA for business. As factors in its ranking, Forbes cites Utah’s low 5.2% unemployment rate and 2.3% economic expansion each of the past five years. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau it is the second fastest growing state in the nation and a 2012 Gallup Poll awarded Utah the title of “Best State to Live In.” These figures, in addition to Forbes’ figures bode well for employment in Utah.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) researches, reviews and reports the latest job indicators. For jobs related to security positions, the BLS May 2012 Report has data for workers who could install home security systems under the category of Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers. In Utah 1,050 employees earn an annual median salary average of $36,560. Security Guards number 5,750 and with a salary at $28,910, they earn about $5,000 more than the national median salary of $23,970. Despite having no international borders Utah’s airports and other transportation services employ 520 Transportation Security Screeners. State and local government agencies have 5,420 Police and Sheriff’s Officers on their payrolls.
Education and Scholarship Opportunities for Security Jobs in Utah
Police and Sheriff’s Officers are likely candidates to need some college to attain a position. Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers are most often hired with a high school education or equivalent. They receive on-the-job training and apprentices. Security Guards and Transportation Security Screeners likewise need a high school or equivalent education. Post-secondary education will help them advance to management positions or offer further opportunities in the security field. The federal government has several scholarship and loan programs to help students pay for post-secondary education. The following are scholarships specific to Utah residents:
- Utah Centennial Scholarship for Early Graduation program
- Korean American Scholarship Foundation – Western Region
- Utah New Century Scholarship
- Utah Association of Independent Insurance Agents and CPCU Society, Utah Chapter
- MGMA Western Section Scholarships
- ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest