Security guards are hired in a wide range of venues, from upscale retail stores to casinos and nightclubs. This industry offers stable employment
for fewer training hours than many other professions. Because some states now require security guards to complete training before landing positions, community colleges are opening their doors to security guard training, providing state-mandated courses and licensure where applicable.
The Job of a Security Guard
· Protecting property from arson, burglary or damage
· Contacting proper authorities (police, fire department) in the event of an emergency
· Writing reports regarding observances and occurrences during shifts
· Acting as property law enforcer
· Interviewing witnesses or victims of crimes
· Testifying in court
The job is a diverse one, based on the type of venue in which you work. For example, security guards in a retail store may remain stationary throughout their shifts, while those patrolling a larger piece of property may travel the perimeter of the property multiple times in a single shift. Some will monitor their environment using surveillance equipment from behind a desk, while others work on their feet all day.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
, the job outlook for security guards is mostly favorable, due to the growing demand for security officers and the need to replace experienced workers who leave the occupation. More and more companies and individuals are seeing the need to protect property and possessions, and they are hiring experienced professionals to do . . . read more