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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:
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.
Hispanic or Latino11.5%
Black or African American1.3%
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Average Length of Employment
University of Phoenix16.7%
Community College of the Air Force4.9%
University of Maryland - University College4.0%
Texas A&M University3.7%
George Washington University3.4%
Pennsylvania State University3.4%
Michigan State University3.3%
Florida State University3.3%
Eastern Kentucky University3.3%
Central Texas College3.2%
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|Web Standards Officer||Ripple Labs Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 16, 2015||$130,000|
|Officer||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Sep 22, 2014||$130,000|
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|Officer||Merrill Lynch||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2013||$91,242 -
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