Security Guards
SOC: 33-9032.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
1,095,400 employed

Projected (2024):
1,150,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Airline Security Representative
  • Airport Screener
  • Airport Security Screener
  • Alarm Investigator
  • Armed Guard
  • Armed Security Guard
  • Armored Car Driver
  • Armored Car Guard
  • Bag Checker
  • Baggage Inspector
  • Baggage Screener
  • Baggage Security Checker
  • Bank Guard
  • Bodyguard
  • Bouncer
  • Camp Guard
  • Campus Security Officer
  • Closed Circuit Screen Watcher
  • Customer Security Clerk
  • Customer Service Security Officer
  • Door Tender
  • Doorshaker
  • Elevated Guard
  • Fire Observer
  • Fire Watchman
  • Floorperson
  • Floorwalker
  • Front Desk Clerk
  • Gate Attendant
  • Gate Guard
  • Gate Keeper
  • Gate Operator
  • Gate Person
  • Gate Tender
  • Gate Watchman
  • Gateman
  • Golf Course Ranger
  • Government Guard
  • Guard Driver
  • Hall Tender
  • Hotel Security Officer
  • Houseman
  • Loss Prevention Officer
  • Loss Prevention Representative
  • Maritime Guard
  • Merchant Patroller
  • Merchant Police
  • Package Checker
  • Patrol Guard
  • Patrol Officer
  • Patrolman
  • Plant Guard
  • Plant Protection Guard
  • Plant Protection Officer
  • Plant Security Guard
  • Police Guard
  • Private Security Guard
  • Private Watchman
  • Protective Officer
  • Roundsman
  • Safety and Security Officer
  • Security Agent
  • Security Assistant
  • Security Checker
  • Security Guard
  • Security Inspector
  • Security Officer
  • Security Police
  • Security Screener
  • Ship Keeper
  • Special Officer
  • Special Police
  • Station Gateman
  • Store Detective
  • Surveillance Officer
  • Timber Watchman
  • Transportation Security Screener
  • Truck Guard
  • Watchguard
  • Watchman


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates.
  • Answer alarms and investigate disturbances.
  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
  • Write reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
  • Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons.
  • Circulate among visitors, patrons, or employees to preserve order and protect property.
  • Answer telephone calls to take messages, answer questions, and provide information during non-business hours or when switchboard is closed.
  • Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehend or evict violators from premises, using force when necessary.
  • Operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas.
  • Escort or drive motor vehicle to transport individuals to specified locations or to provide personal protection.
  • Inspect and adjust security systems, equipment, or machinery to ensure operational use and to detect evidence of tampering.
  • Monitor and adjust controls that regulate building systems, such as air conditioning, furnace, or boiler.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Digital video cameras
  • First aid kits
  • Flashlights
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Metal handcuffs
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multipurpose fire extinguishers
  • Nightsticks
  • Patrol cars
  • Patrol golf carts
  • Pepper spray
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers
  • Pistols
  • Plastic handcuffs
  • Revolvers
  • Security alarm systems
  • Security surveillance systems
  • Switchboards
  • Two way radios
  • Vehicle weight scales
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Data entry software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • McAfee software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Symantec security software
  • Wireshark


  • protective service


    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610