A security guard is someone who is primarily hired by a private company or a public agency to protect its employees, property, money and equipment from burglaries, unsafe worker behaviour, trespassing, vandalism, external damages and other illegal activity.
8, 10 or 12-hour shifts
A security guard can work at all hours of the day and any day of the week. They can work full time, part time, contract (seasonal), and weekends and holidays. Most will work eight-hour shifts five days a week.
Depending on their employment, security guards will work indoors and outdoors in any weather. They might stand guard. or they might be able to be seated during their shift.
It should be noted that sometimes the work can be dangerous or hazardous. For example, a security guard at a bank or on a construction site might be a bit riskier than a security guard at a clothing shop or a furniture outlet.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
Security guards are only required to have a high school diploma or GED. There are some employers who would prefer to hire applicants with a degree in criminal justice.
For the most part, security guards must only be 18 years of age or older, have a clean criminal record and pass a pre-employment drug test. In some jurisdictions, a security guard needs to complete courses.
Security guards cannot expect to advance very far in this field. There are exceptions to the rule, such as if you work for a large security company and get promoted to management, or if you gain enough experience, then you can start your own private security business. That said, a lot of security guards are in the same role for many years. Moreover, because of automation and advanced security apparatuses, there is less of a need for security specialists.