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Become A Security Agent

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Working As A Security Agent

  • 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

What Does A Security Agent Do At Penn National Gaming

* Hollywood Casino Aurora Core Values
* Departmental, property and company policies and standards
* Illinois Gaming Board requirements
* Sarbanes
* Oxley
* Internal Controls
* Ability to stand for extended periods of time
* Physical mobility with reasonable accommodations including ability to push, pull, carry and lift up to 50 lbs
* Must have a valid Illinois Driver's License
* Something to leave you with
* Penn National Gaming is more than you may realize.
* We have properties throughout the United States and Canada and are embarking on an aggressive growth mode.
* Our departments and areas of opportunity are ideal for just about any skill set.
* And our company-wide commitment to making sure our guests smile as much as we do means you’ll enjoy a fun working environment.
* Now that you have read about who we are, here is your opportunity to see what we're about

What Does A Security Agent Do At Gate Safe Inc.

* Inspects airline equipment and checks for any unauthorized items.
* Screens cargo using equipment/method designated by customer and according to customer’s specifications.
* Performs aircraft monitoring, passenger wanding and gate guarding according to customer’s specifications.
* Observes and monitors unit activity and facility surroundings when not performing inspection/validation duties.
* Performs all other duties as assigned by management.
* Reports to Operations Supervisor or Operations Manager, depending on size of unit.
* Activities overseen by Lead or Senior Lead, depending on size of unit.
* Salary Range:
* starting per hour

What Does A Security Agent Do At Diversified Threat Management

* Patrol client sites to scan for any potential safety concerns
* Address any individuals who are not conforming to the established rules/regulations of the client site and inform them of violations
* Detain any individuals who are creating disturbances and refer them to the proper authorities
* Contact Police, Fire Department, and EMTs if necessary
* Monitor/control the flow of traffic in to/out of client sites to ensure credentialed individuals are entering/exiting
* Assist any individuals who have questions or need assistance in a polite manner

What Does A Security Agent Do At HSS Inc.

* Monitors physical alarm systems, fire protection and radio traffic.
* Enforces patron and staff compliance with general safety and security rules and regulations.
* Reports fires, acts of vandalism, theft, illegal entry and any other unauthorized or irregular activity to the Security Dispatcher.
* Assists customers by providing facility, exit, and lost-and-found information.
* Observes all common safety practices.
* Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
* Standing or walking for an entire shift, climbing stairs, and occasional running.
* Capable of handling a 25 lb fire extinguisher.
* Capable of lifting or assist in lifting a small child or handicapped person in the case of building evacuation.
* Self Defense may be required as an aspect of this line of work

What Does A Security Agent Do At Fairmont

* Reporting to the Director, Security, responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:
* Consistently offer professional, friendly and engaging service
* Ensure the overall safety and security of the hotel guests, Colleagues and hotel premises
* Act as a member of the Emergency Response Team, responding in cases of fire, accident, safety concerns and calls for medical assistance
* Ensure that any violations to law or hotel policy is investigated and reported
* Correct and report any fire hazards or health and safety hazards
* Report and investigate occurrences of accidents, complaints, criminal activity, and crisis situations
* Conduct regular floor patrols, cash counts and crowd control
* Conduct departmental key control audits and maintain key control records
* Maintain computer records of all actions in a Daily Activity Report
* Assist guests regarding hotel facilities in an informative and helpful way
* Follow department policies, procedures and service standards
* Follow all safety policies
* Other duties as assigned
* Employee Status

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How To Become A Security Agent

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.


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.


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.


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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Security Agent Career Paths

Security Agent
Loss Prevention Officer Loss Prevention Agent Loss Prevention Manager
Asset Protection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Investigator Security Specialist Security Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Security
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Assistant Director Director Of Food And Beverage
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Safety Manager Security Specialist
Chief Of Security
9 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Operations Manager Assistant Director
8 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Project Manager Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Supervisor Area Supervisor Security Supervisor
Fire Safety Director
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Security Officer
Lead Security Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Officer Loss Prevention Supervisor
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Specialist Security Officer
Loss Prevention Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Specialist Project Manager Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Security Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Security Specialist Security Supervisor
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Executive General Manager Security Officer
Security Site Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Police Officer
Security Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Sales Manager Security Officer
Security, Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Loss Prevention Officer Surveillance Officer
Surveillance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Investigator Loss Prevention Manager Correction Officer
Transportation Officer
5 Yearsyrs
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Security Agent Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Carrier

  • Swedish

  • Khmer

  • Chinese

  • Hawaiian

  • Czech

  • Serbian

  • Urdu

  • Slovak

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Italian

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Top Security Agent Skills

  1. Ensure Safety
  2. Emergency Situations
  3. Security Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored and patrolled hotel property to ensure safety of guests.
  • Respond to emergency situations and administer first aid if necessary.
  • Performed security procedures in assigned locations on a daily basis.
  • Patrolled the facility and served as a general security presence and visible deterrent to crime and rule infractions.
  • Conduct surveillance of bag room & baggage make up area to ensure no baggage is stolen or pilfered.

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