Bodyguards, sometimes called personal protection officers or personal security workers, protect their clients from injury, kidnapping, harassment, or other types of harm. They may guard a politician during a political campaign, a business executive on a worldwide trip, a movie star going to the Academy Awards, or anyone else who wants personal protection. Bodyguards may be employed by a government agency, by a private security firm, or directly by an individual.

Bodyguards work in potentially dangerous situations and must be trained to anticipate and respond to emergencies. They may carry weapons. Bodyguards need to combine the ability to react quickly and expertly in a tense or dangerous situation with the ability to predict, prevent, or avoid many of these situations.

Quick Facts
Duties Protect their clients from injury, kidnapping, harassment, or other types of harm
Alternate Title(s) Personal Protection Officers, Personal Security Workers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
Experience Prior experience in law enforcement, security, or the military
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Personal Protection and Security Consultant
  • Bodyguard
  • Security Guard or Law Enforcement Career

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