Security Guards & Gaming Surveillance Officers
Do you like the idea of surveillance, people-watching or using audio-visual equipment to help a business stay secure? Becoming a security guard is somewhat a sector of the law enforcement community, but instead you work for a specific building, business, or other type of establishment.
2018 Median Pay: $28,530/year, $13.72/hour
Typical Entry-Level Education: HS Diploma
On-the-job Training: None
Number of Jobs, 2018: 1,154,300
Job Outlook 2018-28: 4% (as fast as average)
Employment Change 2018-28: 40,600
What They Do
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and protect property from illegal activity.
Security guards work in a wide variety of places, including public buildings, retail stores, and office buildings. Gaming surveillance officers work mostly in casino observation rooms, using audio and video equipment. Because many buildings and casinos are open 24 hours a day, security guards and officers must often work around the clock.
How To Become One
Most security guard jobs require a high school diploma. Gaming surveillance officers may need experience with security and video surveillance, depending upon their work assignment. Most states require guards to be registered with the state, especially if they carry a firearm.
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Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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