Security Guards

realistic interests theft safety problem write reports equipment unauthorized person secure building alarms

Safety and Security Officer, Security Agent, Security Guard, Security Officer

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Base Honor Guard Program Manager; Security Forces Apprentice; Security Forces Craftsman; Security Forces Helper, Military Working Dog Handler; Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler; Special Investigations Craftsman; Special Investigations Superintendent; Special Reconnaissance Craftsman; Special Reconnaissance Superintendent; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman
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Gunner's Mate; Investigator; Marine Safety Specialist Deck; Marine Safety Specialist Response; Maritime Enforcement Specialist; Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist; Operations Specialist; Operations Systems Specialist; Weapons Specialty
Antitank Missile Gunner; Correction and Detention Specialist; Critical Skills Operator; Guard; Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Operations Chief; Light Armored Reconnaissance Marine; Marine Corps Security Force (MCSF) Guard; Military Police; Military Working Dog Handler; Operations Chief
Afloat Corrections Specialist; Brig Officer; Dog Handler; Expeditionary Force Detainee/Confinement Operations - Deployed; Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Individual Augmentee/In Lieu Of (IA/ILO) Confinement Operations-Non Deployed; Individual Augmentation (IA) Support Assignment-Basic Combat (BC) Unit Member; Law Enforcement and Security Officer, Afloat; Marine Basic Combat Skills Specialist; Naval Criminal Investigative Service Operations Specialist; Physical Security Specialist (PSS)
Base Honor Guard Program Manager; Premier Honor Guard
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.
  • Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates.
  • Respond to medical emergencies by administering basic first aid or by obtaining assistance from paramedics.


Safety and Government

  • public safety and security
  • law and government


  • customer service
  • management

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


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
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Video conferencing software

  • FaceTime

Office suite software

  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft Office software Hot Technology


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

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