A security guard patrols and monitors buildings and other areas to prevent or stop incidents, such as theft or violence. Security guards also answer alarms and may apprehend individuals who pose a security threat. Many large organizations hire security guards and security directors, the latter of whom manages the guards and the security system overall. A security guard provides safety for the employer by guarding against violations of the law as well as disturbances that could result in a loss to the client. Most security officers work in the private sector. Many businesses employ security guards, including banks, museums, hospitals, office buildings, nightclubs, and stores. Security guard specialties include retail loss prevention, gaming surveillance officers and bouncers. Some security guards go on to become police or law enforcement officers and study while working full-time to earn an online associate’s or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Depending on the setting, a security guard’s duties may vary significantly. In some instances, a security guard remains “static,” e.g. stays in the same location, monitoring CCTV security feeds. A security guard may also monitor employees as they enter and exit the building or perform certain activities, such as cash handling. In mobile security positions, the security guards may patrol and monitor on foot or in cars.
Most security guard jobs are entry level.
Security guards must also:
After getting your SIA License to become a security guard, you will proceed through steps similar to the ones below.
Security guards generally must complete training prior to applying for an SIA a license.