Security Guards

General Information

Description

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit80.39%
  2. State and local government8.48%
  3. Private, not for profit5.05%
  4. Federal government4.67%
  5. Self-employed1.30%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Investigation and Security Services
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Traveler Accommodation

Job Outlook

Overall employment of security guards and gaming surveillance officers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of security guards is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Security guards will continue to be needed to protect both people and property because of concerns about crime and vandalism. Employment of gaming surveillance officers and investigators is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Although states continue to legalize gambling and casinos continue to grow in number, advances in video surveillance and anti-cheating technology may limit the employment of gaming surveillance officers and investigators.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$34,790

Military salary*

$46,387

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State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$43,260
$18,110
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 88%
  • Some college 8%
  • Associate's degree 1%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Psychology
  • English Language
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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