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33-9032.00 - Security Guards

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Campus Security Officer, Customer Service Security Officer, Hotel Security Officer, Loss Prevention Officer, Safety and Security Officer, Security Agent, Security Guard, Security Officer, Store Detective

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Answer alarms and investigate disturbances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Circulate among visitors, patrons, or employees to preserve order and protect property. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Escort or drive motor vehicle to transport individuals to specified locations or to provide personal protection. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Answer telephone calls to take messages, answer questions, and provide information during non-business hours or when switchboard is closed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehend or evict violators from premises, using force when necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect and adjust security systems, equipment, or machinery to ensure operational use and to detect evidence of tampering. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor and adjust controls that regulate building systems, such as air conditioning, furnace, or boiler. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Alarm systems — Security alarm systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automobiles or cars — Patrol cars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — First aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers — Multipurpose fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flashlight — Flashlights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Golf carts — Patrol golf carts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Pepper spray See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handcuffs — Metal handcuffs; Plastic handcuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handguns — Pistols; Revolvers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Night sticks — Nightsticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Premise branch exchange PBX systems — Switchboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Security or access control systems — Security surveillance systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Truck or rail scales — Vehicle weight scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — IBM Lotus 1-2-3; Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Corel WordPerfect software; Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Request emergency personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Write operational reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Use weapons or physical force to maintain security. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate surveillance equipment to detect suspicious or illegal activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor access or flow of people to prevent problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prevent unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain public order or security. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Patrol properties to maintain safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Warn individuals about rule violations or safety concerns. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive vehicles to transport individuals or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Contact With Others — 83% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 65% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 71% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 53% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 50% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 47% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 53% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 52% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 78% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 46% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 46% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 35% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 28% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 40% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 30% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 44% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 65% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
67   High school diploma or equivalent Help
27   Less than high school diploma
4   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCE

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $11.74 hourly, $24,410 annual
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Employment (2012) 1,074,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 294,200
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Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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