Security Guard Jobs

Security Guard Job Overview

Security guards patrol properties to protect customers and employees and thwart vandalism, theft, crime and terrorism. Places security guards work include malls, office buildings, events and public buildings. When someone shoplifts, makes threats or otherwise causes trouble, security guards respond. Not all security guards have the power of arrest, so guards may instead detain someone until law enforcement arrives. Because certain buildings and businesses are open 24 hours a day, guards must often work unconventional hours. You may work closely with positions like inventory assistants and asset protection specialists.

Security Guard Job Education Requirements

For most security guard positions, candidates will need a high school diploma or its equivalent. To work in more sophisticated facilities, such as casinos, candidates might need a bachelor's degree and additional training and experience with video surveillance and security. Most states require guards to register with the state, especially if they carry a firearm. Vocational training programs for security guards typically help them satisfy the state's certification requirements. Security guards should expect on-the-job training in which the employer familiarizes them with job duties, reporting methods and patrol routes. Armed guards can expect longer training periods.

Security Guard Job Market

The job market for security guards is expected to grow at an average rate — about 12 percent — in the next ten years. As the public becomes more security-conscious and businesses look to minimize shrinkage to boost profits, security guards have become more in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities in the field will be excellent, with 1,083,600 guards currently employed and 130,200 openings. Commonly, businesses hire security guards over the holidays to meet seasonal demand, and some of these positions become permanent. In a business setting, you may also be able to advance to a position in inventory management.

Security Guard Job Salary Information

The median pay for a security guard is $27,550 per year, or $13.24 per hour. This wage rose by 0.5 percent in the last year. Guards in the profession's top 10 percent earning bracket made $43,150 annually, while guards in the lowest 10 percent made $17,510. Security guards working in the power or natural gas industries tend to make the most, with an average salary of $48,130 for those working in natural gas distribution, while guards working in drinking establishments make the least, earning salaries of $25,030. Private or personal security guards employed by individuals tend to make more on average than those working for the government, buildings or major companies. The top-paying states for this occupation in descending order are Washington, D.C., Alaska and Iowa.

12 Security Guard jobs found on Monster.

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We are looking for individuals with a strong presence to work as unarmed Security Officers to work in the Newport News area. Must have excellent customer service and the ability to deal professionally with the general public. Schedules must be flexible. Minimum Requirements: HS Diploma, Reliable Transportation and Telephone. Employer does a drug screen, finger printing and background checks. All...
Romex Security San Francisco, CA
Position Description: Looking for Special events guards Sept 12,13,14 $11.00 - $12.00 per hour Must have valid Security License Qualifications: Must have valid Security License....
University of Florida Gainesville, FL, 32601
This position is responsible for assisting the security guard supervisor in communicating with, motivating, and training employees, maintaining morale, planning and directing their work; and will serve, as assigned, as security supervisor in the absence of the security guard supervisor and will have supervision of the OPS employees working at the museum outside the normal hours of operation. The ...
URS Corporation Fallon, NV, 89407
At least 6 months of general experience in administrative, technical, clerical, military, or other work that involved following written procedures, rules or regulations in contacts with coworkers, supervisors, or members of the public to provide a service, respond to inquiries, or obtain information; plus at least 6 months of specialized experience that involved the protection of property against ...
G4S Government Solutions Radford, VA, 24141
Overview: Responsible for providing physical security at Radford Army Ammunition Plant (BRF) in Radford, VA; respond to alarms and provide protection for BAE and the government from theft, fire, sabotage or unauthorized entry; responsible for planning and executing his/her work in a safe manner in accordance with the applicable safety rules and regulations. EOE/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veterans. ...
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION Provides the vision and leadership to manage the enterprise fraud prevention and physical security programs in all (US and international) business lines and locations; the fraud program encompasses internal and external threats to client, customer, investment, associate and corporate assets. Evaluates the adequacy and effectiveness of the firm’s processes and inter...
Marten Transport Daleville, MS
Company DescriptionTB Davis Security is a Salinas, CA-based private security company. We provide private security throughout the Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula.Job DescriptionPurpose/Description Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.Education and ExperienceHigh school diploma or equivalent (Minimum)Current Administration of Justice students (...
State of California Los Angeles, CA, 90009
Please put RPA #9057 on your application. The Department of General Services’ (DGS) Core Values and Expectations of Supervisors and Managers are key to the success of the Department’s Mission. That mission is to “Deliver results by providing timely, cost-effective services and products that support our customers.” DGS managers and supervisors are to adhere to the Core Values and Expectations of S...
Etsy is seeking a full-time Security Manager to join the Facilities Team. This position will be based out of Hudson, NY in our beautiful office that was originally a cannonball Factory. About the Team The Facilities Team is responsible for insuring the safety, functionality and overall positive vibrations of Etsy’s offices. Our team handles everything from long-term real estate planning, site se...
Mondelez Naperville, IL
Description Mondelēz International LLC is a whole new company that has been reimagined with a single focus in mind: create delicious moments of joy by sharing the world’s favorite brands. Launched on Oct. 1, 2012, and employing around 100,000 people around the world, Mondelēz International comprises the global snacking and food brands of the former Kraft Foods Inc. While Mondelēz International L...
Mondelez International, Inc. Naperville, IL, 60540
Mondelēz International LLC is a whole new company that has been reimagined with a single focus in mind: create delicious moments of joy by sharing the world’s favorite brands. Launched on Oct. 1, 2012, and employing around 100,000 people around the world, Mondelēz International comprises the global snacking and food brands of the former Kraft Foods Inc. While Mondelēz International LLC is new, ou...
Goldbelt Incorporated Juneau, AK, 99801
Title: Security Officer Department: Goldbelt Security Category: Regular FT, PT or Temp/seasonal FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Salary: DOE Date Approved: 01/21/2014 Reports To: Supervisor or Management S U MM A RY The Security Officer, working independently or as part of a team, is responsible for the protection, safeguarding, and security of assets, personnel, and others at his/her assigned site. ...

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