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Working As A Security Assistant

  • 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

  • $30,160

    Average Salary

What Does A Security Assistant 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 Security Assistant

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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Security Assistant Career Paths

Security Assistant
Technician Shop Foreman Platoon Sergeant
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Police Officer Lieutenant
Chief Of Security
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Specialist Correction Officer Security Supervisor
Fire Safety Director
6 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Security Officer
Lead Security Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Personnel Security Specialist Security Officer Loss Prevention Agent
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Facility Security Officer Security Manager Project Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Operation Supervisor
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Technician Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Lead Technician
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Material Handler Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Specialist Security Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Security Specialist Security Supervisor
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Facility Security Officer Personnel Security Specialist Security Specialist
Security Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Human Resources Coordinator Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Personnel Security Specialist Security Specialist Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Inspector 4.0 years
Security Manager 3.6 years
Security Officer 2.3 years
Security Agent 2.2 years
Security Assistant 2.0 years
Security 2.0 years
Security Guard 1.9 years
Security Screener 1.8 years
Security Monitor 1.8 years
Security Escort 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.8%
Cashier 5.4%
Secretary 4.7%
Supervisor 3.0%
Sergeant 3.0%
Assistant 2.8%
Top Employers After
Internship 5.4%
Secretary 3.4%
Volunteer 3.4%
Cashier 3.1%
Manager 2.6%

Security Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

49.6%

Male

48.2%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

79.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.0%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.9%

French

11.4%

Chinese

5.1%

German

5.1%

Russian

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Croatian

1.3%

Macedonian

1.3%

Bosnian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Navajo

1.3%

Gujarati

1.3%

Cree

1.3%
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Security Assistant Education

Schools

Strayer University

10.2%

Marshall University

9.3%

University of Miami

9.3%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

8.8%

University of Maryland - University College

8.4%

Prince George's Community College

4.2%

College of Southern Maryland

4.2%

Northern Michigan University

3.7%

Towson University

3.7%

Saint Leo University

3.7%

Ashford University

3.3%

American University

3.3%

Saint Cloud State University

3.3%

Walden University

2.8%

George Mason University

2.8%

Bowie State University

2.8%

Boston University

2.8%

Syracuse University

2.3%

The Academy

2.3%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

26.5%

Business

21.9%

Psychology

5.7%

Accounting

4.4%

Information Technology

4.3%

General Studies

4.0%

Communication

3.1%

Management

2.9%

Political Science

2.9%

Computer Science

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

Sociology

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Homeland Security

2.1%

Finance

2.0%

Nursing

1.8%

Biology

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.8%

Other

25.1%

Masters

14.2%

Associate

12.2%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Security Assistant

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Top Security Assistant Skills

  1. Security Procedures
  2. Safe Environment
  3. Security Clearance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implement and maintain security procedures to meet required Government and contract specific requirements/regulations.
  • Perform risk assessments to manage implementation of safe environment in the resort for both hotel guests and staff.
  • Work with sensitive information such as security clearances and badge requests in a professional and confidential manner.
  • Performed data entry into several Bureau proprietary systems and maintained required records and/or documentation supporting FBI Headquarters decision making processes.
  • Maintained and updated the Fixed Facility Checklist, Tempest Addendum and Consolidated Address Book for the OTC SCIF.

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