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Security Guards

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

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Camp/Convoy Security Specialist; Marine Basic Combat Skills Specialist; Master-At-Arms; Missile Technician; Mobile Security Force Specialist; Security Support Specialist

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:
  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
  • Write reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
  • Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons.

Knowledge

Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Microsoft Word
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$24,070
per year, on average
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