To become a security agent, you usually need a bachelor's degree. The most common jobs before becoming a security agent are security officer, security guard, and cashier. Hiring managers expect a security agent to have soft skills such as communication skills, good judgment, and observation skills. Once you have all the required skills and experience, it takes an average of less than 1 month of job training to become a security agent.
The Security Guard license requirements vary by state. 30 states require security agents to have licensure for their work.
The national average salary for security agents is $35,179, but with the right certifications and experience, they can make up to $52,000. Getting a certification as a Security 5 Certification will help you to earn more as a security agent.
Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 4% and produce 40,600 job opportunities across the U.S.