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Working As An Unarmed Security Officer

  • 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 An Unarmed Security Officer 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 An Unarmed Security Officer

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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Unarmed Security Officer Career Paths

Unarmed Security Officer
Security Officer Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Protective Officer Public Safety Officer Loss Prevention Agent
Asset Protection Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Officer Loss Prevention Supervisor Loss Prevention Manager
Asset Protection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Protective Officer Security Specialist Security Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Security
7 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Operation Supervisor Operations Officer
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Investigator Lieutenant
Chief Of Security
9 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Operations Manager Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Agent Police Officer Security Supervisor
Fire Safety Director
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Specialist Security Officer
Lead Security Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Site Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Security Officer
Loss Prevention Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Dispatcher Police Officer
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Police Officer Security Supervisor
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Agent Private Investigator Security Supervisor
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Instructor Security Officer
Security Site Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Police Officer Security Officer
Security Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Site Supervisor Instructor Security Officer
Security, Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Armor Officer Loss Prevention Officer Surveillance Officer
Surveillance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Officer Loss Prevention Manager Correction Officer
Transportation Officer
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Assistant 2.3 years
Security Officer 2.3 years
Security Agent 2.2 years
Security Guard 1.9 years
Security 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 15.5%
Teller 2.7%
Internship 2.4%
Driver 2.3%
Server 2.1%
Supervisor 2.0%
Top Employers After
Cashier 6.7%
Supervisor 2.7%
Driver 2.6%
Technician 2.2%
Server 1.9%
Associate 1.8%

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Unarmed Security Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

60.1%

Female

37.9%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

80.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.5%

French

11.8%

German

4.4%

Dutch

4.4%

Japanese

4.4%

Arabic

4.4%

Portuguese

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Somali

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Yoruba

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Bengali

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Bhojpuri

1.5%
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Unarmed Security Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

9.2%

Liberty University

7.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

6.9%

ECPI University

6.0%

George Mason University

5.1%

Tennessee State University

4.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.6%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

4.6%

Tidewater Community College

4.1%

University of Memphis

4.1%

College of Southern Nevada

4.1%

Remington College

3.7%

Strayer University

3.7%

Ashford University

3.2%

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

3.2%

Delgado Community College

3.2%

Old Dominion University

3.2%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.2%

Colorado Technical University-Online

3.2%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

36.5%

Business

16.8%

General Studies

5.8%

Psychology

4.3%

Finance

3.9%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Computer Science

3.0%

Nursing

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Law Enforcement

2.5%

Nursing Assistants

2.2%

Accounting

2.1%

Education

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Medical Technician

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

41.2%

Bachelors

26.3%

Associate

18.3%

Certificate

7.4%

Diploma

3.1%

Masters

2.5%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for An Unarmed Security Officer

SafetyHazardsDailyActivitiesEmergencySituationsVehiclePatrolsCustomerServiceUnarmedSecuritySuspiciousActivityCctvFootPatrolPropertyDamageControlAccessIncidentReportsUnusualOccurrencesFireDepartmentsLawEnforcementEnsureSecurityDetectSignsAccessPointsCriminalActsLossPrevention

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  1. Safety Hazards
  2. Daily Activities
  3. Emergency Situations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Watched for irregular and unusual conditions that may have created security concerns or safety hazards.
  • Documented daily activities and irregularities, such the presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
  • Managed security for building and clients -Coordinated and provided solutions to a variety of emergency situations
  • Conduct vehicle patrols at sites of contracted clients to ensure those properties are secure and keep track of confidential information.
  • Assist the receptionist in offering excellent customer service to customers who call.

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