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
Duties Protect public and private property against theft, fire, vandalism, illegal entry, and acts of violence
Alternate Title(s) Bank Guards, Security Officers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Police or public safety experience recommended
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Math
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
Licensure/Certification 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
Career Ladder
  • Security Consulting Business Owner
  • Security Consultant
  • Director of Security Services
  • Security Guard

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