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Security Guards

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

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Camp/Convoy Security Specialist; Machinists Mate, Non-Nuclear, Submarine Weapons; 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:
  • 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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

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

Personality

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

Technology

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
Transaction security and virus protection software
  • McAfee Hot Technology
  • Symantec Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
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
$24,630
per year, on average
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