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Working As A Protection Specialist

  • 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

  • $29,120

    Average Salary

What Does A Protection Specialist Do

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and protect property against theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity.

Duties

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers typically do the following:

  • Protect and enforce laws on an employer’s property
  • Monitor alarms and closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras
  • Control access for employees and visitors
  • Conduct security checks over a specified area
  • Write reports on what they observed while on duty
  • Serve as witnesses for court testimony
  • Detain violators

Security guards, also called security officers, protect property, enforce rules on the property, and deter criminal activity. Some guards are assigned a stationary position from which they monitor alarms or surveillance cameras. Other guards are assigned a patrol area where they conduct security checks.

Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators act as security agents for casinos. Using audio and video equipment in an observation room, they watch casino operations for suspicious activities, such as cheating and theft, and monitor compliance with rules, regulations, and laws. They maintain and organize recordings from security cameras, which are sometimes used as evidence in police investigations.

Guards and officers must remain alert, looking out for anything unusual. In an emergency, they are required to call for assistance from police, fire, or ambulance services. Some security guards are armed.

A security guard’s responsibilities vary from one employer to another. In retail stores, guards protect people, records, merchandise, money, and equipment. They may work with undercover store detectives to prevent theft by customers and employees, detain shoplifting suspects until the police arrive, and patrol parking lots.

In office buildings, banks, hotels, and hospitals, guards maintain order and protect the organization’s customers, staff, and property.

Guards who work in museums and art galleries protect paintings and exhibits by watching people and inspecting the contents of patrons’ handbags.

In factories, government buildings, and military bases, security guards protect workers and equipment and check the credentials of people and vehicles entering and leaving the premises.

Guards working in parks and at sports stadiums control crowds, supervise parking and seating, and direct traffic.

Security guards stationed at the entrances to bars and nightclubs keep underage people from entering, collect cover charges, and maintain order among customers.

Security guards working in schools and universities patrol the buildings and grounds, looking for suspicious activity.

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How To Become A Protection Specialist

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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Protection Specialist Career Paths

Protection Specialist
Loss Prevention Officer Loss Prevention Agent Assets Protection Specialist
Asset Protection Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Assets Protection Specialist Loss Prevention Manager
Asset Protection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Associate Loss Prevention Officer Security Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Security
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Specialist Investigator Lieutenant
Chief Of Security
9 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Officer Security Supervisor
Fire Safety Director
6 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Agent Police Officer Security Officer
Lead Security Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Loss Prevention Agent
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Agent Loss Prevention Specialist
Loss Prevention Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Assets Protection Specialist Loss Prevention Supervisor Loss Prevention Manager
Loss Prevention/Safety Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Specialist Security Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Security Specialist Security Supervisor
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Specialist Security Specialist Security Supervisor
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Associate Police Officer Security Officer
Security Site Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Patrol Officer Police Officer
Security Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Specialist Security Officer
Security, Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Loss Prevention Officer Surveillance Officer
Surveillance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Asset Protection Lead Loss Prevention Manager Correction Officer
Transportation Officer
5 Yearsyrs
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Protection Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

74.6%

Female

23.8%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

76.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.9%

French

6.5%

German

5.4%

Chinese

4.3%

Mandarin

3.2%

Thai

3.2%

Bosnian

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Urdu

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Cheyenne

1.1%

Indonesian

1.1%

Tamil

1.1%

Nepali

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Mongolian

1.1%
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Protection Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.9%

Liberty University

8.2%

The Academy

6.0%

American University

6.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

University of Cincinnati

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Strayer University

4.4%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

Saint Cloud State University

3.8%

ECPI University

3.3%

Ashford University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Northern Arizona University

3.3%

Bridgewater State University

3.3%

Central Texas College

3.3%

Central Michigan University

3.3%

Colorado Technical University

3.3%

Grand Canyon University

3.3%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

40.3%

Business

16.4%

Psychology

4.9%

General Studies

3.6%

Sociology

2.9%

Management

2.8%

Law Enforcement

2.6%

Computer Science

2.5%

Criminology

2.5%

Communication

2.3%

Law

2.3%

Homeland Security

2.2%

Education

2.0%

Kinesiology

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Biology

1.6%

Medical Technician

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Other

25.3%

Associate

14.0%

Masters

10.3%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.3%
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Real Protection Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Automation Protection Specialist Schneider Electric USA, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Apr 18, 2016 $96,470 -
$100,000
Information Protection Specialist Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Hartford, CT Nov 23, 2015 $93,915 -
$114,785
Information Protection Specialist Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Bloomfield, CT Aug 24, 2016 $87,654 -
$108,524
Information Protection Specialist Motorola Solutions, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 14, 2016 $73,853 -
$106,700
Electrical Protection Specialist Voith Hydro Inc. York, PA Oct 09, 2016 $63,945 -
$75,000
Intrusion Protection Specialist Zolon Tech, Inc. MD Oct 09, 2014 $62,774
Intrusion Protection Specialist Zolon Tech, Inc. MD Sep 10, 2014 $62,774
Crop Protection Specialist North Dakota State University Minot, ND Feb 01, 2015 $55,000 -
$70,000

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Top Skills for A Protection Specialist

ExternalTheftSafetyIssuesMerchandiseRecoveriesCompanyAssetsFraudIssuesVideoSurveillanceMilitaryPersonnelLossPreventionLocalLawEnforcementSecurityProceduresCustomerServiceEmergencySituationsCctvEntryPhysicalSecurityReceiptChecksGuestServiceSuspiciousActivitySalesFloorAccessControl

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  1. External Theft
  2. Safety Issues
  3. Merchandise Recoveries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Effected yearly shortage results by preventing and resolving internal and external theft.
  • Resolve security and safety issues using problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Accounted for over $30,000 in intelligence between Known Theft Reports and Productive Merchandise Recoveries in just over 6 months.
  • Provided world-class customer service while building guest satisfaction and protecting company assets.
  • Support store safeness and reduce merchandise shortage by aggressively addressing all safeness, theft and fraud issues.

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