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Become A Crossing Guard

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Working As A Crossing Guard

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $24,630

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Crossing Guard does

  • Reported authorities about vehicles not obeying traffic laws.
  • Assist small children in crossing busy street.
  • Help to prevent children from crossing the street during heavy traffic flow until it is safe to cross.
  • Cross schoolchildren and adults at such places as street and intersections.
  • Assist pedestrians in crossing busy intersections.
  • Monitored traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which pedestrians can cross streets.
  • Learn the location and purpose of street traffic signs within assigned patrol areas.
  • Water slide attendant Rover (Provide customer service and perform general cleaning)
  • Directed actions of children and traffic at street intersections to ensure safe crossing.
  • Distribute traffic control signs and markers at designated points.
  • Escorted and supervised children crossing streets at intersections.
  • Provide safe passage to students, report license plate numbers of reckless drivers and suspicious activity to school principle.
  • Coordinated with Huntsville police department in the setup and safety of community events.
  • Report unsafe behavior of children to school officials.
  • Report license numbers of reckless drivers and suspicious activity to the school police department.
  • Provided safe movement of children to and from school through crossing roadways and intersections.
  • Direct and control vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow to ensure safe street crossings for students.
  • Utilized hand signals and signs.
  • Managed pedestrian and vehicle traffic for safe street crossing during busiest period on school days.
  • Direct or escort pedestrians across streets, stopping traffic as necessary.

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How To Become A Crossing Guard

Most security guard jobs require a high school diploma. Gaming surveillance officers sometimes need experience with security and video surveillance. Most states require guards to be registered with the state, especially if they carry a firearm.

Education

Security guards generally need a high school diploma or equivalent, although some jobs may not have any education requirements. Gaming surveillance officers also need a high school diploma or equivalent and may need experience with video surveillance technology depending upon assignment.

Training

Although most employers provide instruction for newly hired guards, the amount of training they receive varies. Most guards, however, learn their job in a few weeks. During those few weeks, training from their employer typically covers emergency procedures, detention of suspected criminals, and proper communication.

Many states recommend that security guards receive approximately 8 hours of pre-assignment training, 8–16 hours of on-the-job training, and 8 hours of annual training. This may include training in protection, public relations, report writing, deterring crises, first aid, and other specialized training related to the guard’s assignment.

Training is more rigorous for armed guards because they require weapons training. Armed guards may be tested periodically in the use of firearms.

For gaming surveillance officers and investigators, some employers prefer candidates with previous work experience in casinos or individuals with a background in law enforcement. Experience with video technology can also be helpful in using surveillance systems and software.

Drug testing may be required as a condition of employment and randomly during employment.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require that guards be registered with the state in which they work. Although registration requirements vary by state, basic qualifications for candidates are as follows:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Complete training

Guards who carry weapons usually must be registered by the appropriate government authority. Armed guard positions have more stringent background checks and entry requirements than those of unarmed guards. Rigorous hiring and screening programs, including background, criminal record, and fingerprint checks, are required for armed guards in most states.

Some jobs may also require a driver's license.

Advancement

Some guards advance to supervisory or security manager positions. Those with experience or postsecondary education should have an advantage. Armed security guards have a greater potential for advancement and enjoy higher earnings.

Some guards with management skills open their own security guard business. Guards can also move to an organization that needs higher levels of security, which may result in more prestige or higher pay.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Guards and officers must be able to quickly determine the best course of action when a dangerous situation arises. 

Patience. Security guards and officers may need to spend long periods standing and observing their environment without distractions.

Observation skills. Guards and officers must be alert and aware of their surroundings, and be able to quickly recognize anything out of the ordinary.

Physical strength. Guards must be strong enough to apprehend offenders and to handle emergency situations.

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Crossing Guard Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    74.8%
  • Male

    23.9%
  • Unknown

    1.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    14.2%
  • Asian

    5.9%
  • Unknown

    1.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    87.9%
  • German

    3.0%
  • Chamorro

    3.0%
  • Dutch

    3.0%
  • Chinese

    3.0%
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Top Skills for A Crossing Guard

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Top Crossing Guard Skills

  1. Pedestrian Safety
  2. Street Traffic Signs
  3. Escort Pedestrians
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Learned the location and purpose of street traffic signs within my assigned patrol area.
  • Direct or escort pedestrians across streets Communicate traffic and crossing rules Direct traffic movement Inform drivers of detour routes through construction sites
  • Direct traffic movement or warn of hazards, using signs, flags, lanterns, and hand signals.
  • Monitor traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which elementary school children can cross safely.
  • Direct and control vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow to ensure safe street crossings for students.

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