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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

  • $32,000

    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
Security Supervisor Supervisor Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Supervisor Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Analyst Investigator
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Program Manager Executive Officer
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Administrator Officer
Operations Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager President/Owner Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Operation Supervisor Site Supervisor
Security Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Executive Team Leader Loss Prevention Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Platoon Sergeant Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Personnel Security Specialist Intelligence Analyst Security Manager
Assistant Director Of Security
7 Yearsyrs
Personnel Security Specialist Intelligence Analyst Officer
Senior Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Personnel Security Specialist Intelligence Analyst Investigator
Loss Prevention Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Officer Security Manager
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Shift Supervisor Site Supervisor Lead Security Officer
Security, Shift Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Marketing Director Product Management Director
Chief Product Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Security Administrator Information Technology Analyst Information Security Analyst
Securities Adviser
8 Yearsyrs
Site Supervisor Lead Security Officer Transportation Security Officer
Transportation Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Officer
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Assistant 3.0 years
Securities Clerk 2.8 years
Security Officer 2.5 years
Security Agent 2.3 years
Security Monitor 2.2 years
Security Guard 2.0 years
Security 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Security Assistant
Cashier 7.1%
Internship 6.6%
Assistant 3.4%
Secretary 3.2%
Volunteer 2.8%
Supervisor 2.4%
Manager 2.3%
Top Careers After Security Assistant
Cashier 4.3%
Internship 3.9%
Assistant 3.3%
Secretary 2.9%
Volunteer 2.8%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Security Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

48.5%

Female

39.9%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

14.1%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.6%

French

11.5%

German

6.6%

Chinese

4.9%

Italian

3.3%

Mandarin

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Russian

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Dari

1.6%

Korean

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Croatian

1.1%

Persian

1.1%

Swahili

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Cherokee

0.5%

Gujarati

0.5%
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Security Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.3%

University of Maryland - University College

9.3%

Strayer University

7.3%

University of Miami

7.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

6.9%

Marshall University

6.5%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.8%

American University

4.8%

The Academy

4.6%

Prince George's Community College

4.2%

Webster University

4.0%

Saint Leo University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%

Colorado Technical University

3.2%

Saint Cloud State University

3.2%

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York

3.0%

Liberty University

3.0%

Troy University

2.8%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

24.7%

Business

23.6%

Psychology

5.6%

General Studies

4.2%

Management

4.0%

Accounting

3.9%

Finance

3.1%

Computer Science

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Information Technology

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Education

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Political Science

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

English

2.1%

Sociology

2.0%

International Relations

2.0%

Homeland Security

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.6%

Other

25.2%

Masters

14.9%

Associate

12.7%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.6%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$20,000
Min 10%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$49,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Pacific Architects and Engineers
Highest Paying City
Philadelphia, PA
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Security Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Security Assistant in the United States is $32,354 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $49,000.

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Top Skills for A Security Assistant

  1. Security Procedures
  2. Criminal Investigations
  3. Safe Environment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared, maintained, and updated security procedures, security system drawings, and related documentation.
  • Coordinated criminal investigations Tactics Training between European Police and Law Enforcement Professionals for Afghan officers to the Criminal Investigation Division.
  • Promoted a safe environment in university dormitories.
  • Acquired necessary security clearances for handling classified information, accessing restricted government departments, and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Maintained daily reports for security and the facility, which entailed scheduling and developing standard operating procedures for managing security.

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