Security Guards

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What do they do?

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

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, Security Supervisor

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Security Guards in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Security Guards is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 3.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #9 in job growth rate
  • 4,610

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #8 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.5%)
  • Master's degree (2.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (13.7%)
  • Associate's degree (10.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (31.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (34.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (6%)

Percent of workers in this field

★ You’re seeing education information for Security guards(1) because we don’t have information for Security Guards. Please note the information may not be the same for both occupations.

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Block physical access to restricted areas.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.
  • Monitor access or flow of people to prevent problems.
  • Prevent unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas.
  • Write operational reports.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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