Security Guard

Patrolman, Custom Protection Officer, Security Checker, Security Officer, Security Supervisor  
Most Common Education Levels

** This graph is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data and offers a snapshot (based on a statistical sample) of the actual education and training levels of those persons who are currently working in this career. It does not necessarily reflect the education or training that an employer may require of a new hire. **

Current Entry Requirements

Security guards must have a high school diploma or pass the general educational development (GED) exam. Employers may prefer candidates who have worked in customer service positions, have experience in criminal justice or a related field, and have worked with customers that may become rude, uncooperative, or defensive. Many employers prefer individuals with certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Many industry employers provide on-the-job training, but click on the "get qualified" tab above to see additional resources for job preparation and training, as well as available educational programs in your area.

Applicants for this position may be required to undergo a background investigation and/or complete a drug screen. Management or supervisory positions associated with vehicle operations and potentially all positions with public Transit agencies may also require the applicant to hold or obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL). To qualify for a CDL, applicants must pass a knowledge test on rules and regulations, and then demonstrate in a skills test that they can operate a commercial-scale vehicle safely. The Department of Transportation keeps a national database of all driving violations incurred by CDL holders, and a state may not issue a license to a person who has already had a license suspended or revoked in another state. Drivers may hold only one license at a time, and must surrender all other driver's licenses, upon receiving their new CDL. Information on how to apply for a CDL and each type of endorsement can be obtained from state motor vehicle administrations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

5% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $21,290 - $34,620

Hourly: $10 - $17