Security Consultants and Guards

Security consultants and security guards (who are also called security officers) are responsible for protecting public and private property against theft, fire, vandalism, illegal entry, and acts of violence. They may work for commercial or government organizations or private individuals. More than 1 million security workers are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bank Guards, Security Officers
Duties Protect public and private property against theft, fire, vandalism, illegal entry, and acts of violence
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Police or public safety experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for licensing; must pass background screening and meet physical requirements
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Security Consulting Business Owner
  • Security Consultant
  • Director of Security Services
  • Security Guard

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