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Security Guards

Also called: Safety and Security Officer, Security Agent, Security Guard, Security Officer

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Lock doors and gates of entrances and exits to secure buildings.
  • Answer alarms and investigate disturbances.
  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Office suite software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft Office software
Transaction security and virus protection software
  • McAfee software Hot Technology
  • Symantec security software Hot Technology


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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