Jordan Goebel
A Career as a Security Guard
Career Goal - Security Guard

Career Overview

Security guards protect property from illegal entry, vandalism, theft, and fire.

If you're a security guard, where you will be employed and what your duties will be depended on your size, type, and   your location. Security guards may patrol on foot or in a car. They patrol and inspect buildings and grounds. They check to see that windows, doors, and gates are locked. They make sure that security equipment is working correctly.  If not there may be many people who could be in danger.  Guards work in many different areas.  Guards that work in stores watch for theft by customers. Guards at banks watch for robbers, in offices they check for employee identification and answer visitor questions, in airports they use screening equipment to detect the presence of guns or illegal items.

 Some guards patrol nightclubs and bars. They walk around and watch customers for signs of fighting. They warn customers when they are being too rowdy. Sometimes guards must evict customers.Security guards record security information. They investigate alarms in emergencies and call the police or fire departments when necessary.  I would like to be a guard at a bank or at some sort of offices.

Career Skills and Abilities

Express ideas clearly when speaking. Listen to others and ask questions. Understand written information.  

Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. Combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions.  Concentrate and not be distracted while performing a task.  Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.  

Follow guidelines to arrange objects or actions in a certain order.  Judge the costs and benefits of a possible action. Check how well one is learning or doing something. Be aware of others’ reactions and understand the possible causes.

Working Conditions

Have a high level of social contact. They talk to the public and coworkers. Those who work night shifts generally have a lower level of social contact.  Are responsible for the health and safety of others.  Often deal with angry, unpleasant, or violent individuals. Guards who work at night clubs may deal with more aggression than other guards.  May work indoors or outdoors, depending on the type of job and duties.  

Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable. Guards who work at night clubs may be exposed to uncomfortable noise levels more than other guards.  Must be exact in their work. Errors could result in injuries or property loss.  Repeat the same physical activities. Make decisions on a regular basis that strongly impact the public.  They consult supervisors for some decisions, but make most without talking to a supervisor.

Generally have a set schedule each week.  May work full time or part time, but most work 40 hours a week.  May work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Career Wages and Outlook

Demand for this occupation will grow as there is concern about crime, vandalism, and terrorism.

As budgets are cut, private security firms are taking over jobs that used to be performed by government police officers. For example, security firm guards monitor crowds at airports.

Security guards who work full time often receive benefits. Typical benefits include health insurance, sick leave, and paid vacation. Some employers also provide a retirement plan.

Hourly Wage - $13.09

Salary Wage - $27,230

Career Related Occupations

The occupations listed below may have similar work duties, use similar skills, be in the same career ladder, have a similar level of education, or be related in another way.  

  • Detective and Investigators             
  •   Police and Patrol Officers

Program of Study - Security Studies
Program Overview

Security study programs prepare people to inspect scenes and to look for certain things.  They patrol to give people a sense of safety. They also provide crime preparation measures for private clients.

Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Program Typical Course Work

Undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • American Police System
  • Business Function of Security
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Evaluation of Security Programs
  • Information Security
  • Integrated Security Systems
  • Law for Security Personnel
  • Methods of Security
  • Organized Crime
  • Principles and Theory of Security Management
  • Risk Analysis and Loss Prevention
  • Security Concepts
  • White-Collar Crime

Related Programs

  • Cyber-computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
  • Financial Forensics and Fraud investigation
  • Homeland  Security
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement and Police Science
  • Protective Services

Schools that Offer my Program of Study

Century College

Northland Community & Tech. College - East Grand Forks/Thief River Falls

Capella University

College Choice
Northland Community & Tech. College

College Info

  • Size and Location - Northland is located in East Grand Forks/Thief River Falls, Minnesota and it has a student body of about 5,105 undergraduates.
  • Admission Requirements:

- Deadline to Apply: June 1st for fall preferred

-  Admission Test(s) that are Required: Accuplacer Assessment, G.E.D. Certificate

- Average Test Scores, GPA, Rank: Not listed

  • Financial Aid:

- Deadline to Apply: June 1st for fall preferred

- Forms Required: FAFSA

- Scholarships Available: Not listed

  • Housing:

- Have to get Apartment

- Food Plan Options: Fresh Stop Cafe

  • Activities:

- Clubs: Carpentry Club, Music, Auto Technology Clubs, and many more

- Sports: Baseball, Football, Wrestling, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

Informational Interview

Briefly record your thoughts and feelings about the workplace and the person you just visited.

He gave me a different perspective on the whole cooking career.

What did you learn in the interview?

That it can change everyday.

What did you like? What didn't you like?

You get to make food, but it may not always be fresh, it may be pre-packed and you just heat it up.

Did you uncover concerns or advantages to this occupation?

Like I had just stated, you actually rarely cook real food, which I like to cook fresh things so that was something I found out.

What advice did you receive?

That I should try to think of something else.

Did you discover another occupation to explore?

Not yet, but I am working on it.

How was the work environment?

Not well, have to deal with many people that don't get along.

Do you think you would be happy in this occupation?

I may, but it would depend on which service I land in.

Plans to Reach My Goal

Through Job Networking, I can use job resumes and job postings to connect with the people I would like to contact about the job I want.  Informational Interviews could be a great opportunity to put myself out there and tell them what I'm all about, i would also get a better idea of what I would be doing on the job.   Another way for me to see what Security is all about, I could become apart of the Police Explorers, which is really just an experience I would get for this program at a young age.

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