Also known as Campus Security Officer, Custom Protection Officer, Customer Service Security Officer, Hotel Security Officer, Loss Prevention Officer, Safety and Security Officer, Security Agent, Security Guard, Security Officer
Also known as Campus Security Officer, Custom Protection Officer, Customer Service Security Officer
Security Guards guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.
In addition, Security Guards may operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.
Security Guards are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Security Guards. More generally, Security Guards are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Security Guard is $31,050, and the average salary is $34,360. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Security Guard salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Security Guards earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Security Guards earn less than $21,930 per year, 25% earn less than $26,200, 75% earn less than $39,220, and 90% earn less than $51,600.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Security Guards is expected to change by 14.6%, and there should be roughly 163,600 open positions for Security Guards every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Security Guard are usually higher in their Realistic, Conventional, and Enterprising interests.
Security Guards typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Security Guards typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Security Guards typically have moderate Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Security Guard tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Security Guards strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Security Guards strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Security Guards moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Security Guards must consistently demonstrate qualities such as integrity, dependability, and self-control.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Security Guards, ranked by importance:
Working as a Security Guard usually requires a high school diploma.
Security Guards need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Security Guards may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as public safety and security, customer and personal service, or psychology knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Security Guards might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Security Guards must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Security Guards need abilities such as problem sensitivity, far vision, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Security Guards, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Security Guards frequently use skills like active listening, speaking, and monitoring to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Security Guards, ranked by their relative importance.
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