Security Officer

Guard properties against troublemakers and criminals.

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Salary Range
$50,000 – $156,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Security Officers do?

Thieves, drunks, vandals, and broken pipes can all cause a significant amount of damage. The job of a Security Officer is to spot these hazards and take control of the situation, pronto.

Security Officers are generally employed by hotels, hospitals, warehouses, or large offices. As a Security Officer, you may work during the day, but it’s during the night, when the lights are low and the criminals come out to play, that your services are needed most.

You walk a specific route throughout your shift, making sure that the doors and windows are locked. You may peek in on the mechanical room to check that no equipment is overheating or sounding an alarm.

If you spot an intruder, you detain them and notify the local police department. If you spot a fire, you evacuate the building and contact the fire department. You also notify the building owner if you detect a mechanical problem.

You may be asked to remove a drunken person from the premises, particularly if you work for a hotel that has a large bar in the lobby. You remove the person using the smallest amount of force. Then you increase your patrols near the bar to make sure none of their friends act out in retaliation.

It’s unlikely that you’ll carry a weapon. However, you wear a uniform so people will know that you’re a paid employee and it’s not a good idea to tangle with you. You need to subdue people with sheer power rather than with the threat of gunfire. Because of this, you’ll probably spend hours at the gym, making sure your physique is firm and intimidating.

Should I be a Security Officer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

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