Special officers, sometimes known as security guards, make sure that their workplace is safe and secure. They can work for a government office, hospital, private business, or any business that feels that they need extra security to protect their work. They do this by monitoring visitors, conducting sweeps of the building, and following any suspicious activity. Often, special officers use technology to help them with their work, such as X-ray machines or CCTV cameras. Special officers are also on call to deal with any emergency. If another staff member calls them or signals an emergency alarm code, they spring into action to defuse the situation or remove an intruder.
While some special officers have bachelor's degrees, it usually isn't necessary to do this job. Most special officers only have a high school diploma and previous experience as security officers. For some government positions, special officers may need to take a certification exam.
Special officers need to have a keen eye for detail, a cool head in an emergency, and the stamina to work long shifts at all hours of the day and night if necessary. In exchange for their vigilance, special officers earn an average salary of $30,346 a year.