Security Guards

Job Summary

Security guards survey, patrol and monitor areas to protect against theft, or other criminal activities around an employer’s property. They may be responsible for ensuring employee safety by carrying out security checks and screening of traffic into and out of a property.


Security guards generally carry out the following duties:

  • Protect employer property

  • Monitor CCTV cameras and alarms

  • Carefully observe the operations of patrons

  • Manage the entry and exits of employees and visitors by carrying out security checks and verification

  • Respond to and report incidents of illegal activity




A high school diploma or equivalent is usually required for security guards. Some experience with video surveillance may be required. In most cases security guards must be registered, especially if they carry a weapon.


In order to test Security guards effectively, employers usually administer the eye test that measure's an applicants visual acuity. As well as the cognitive IQ test that measures personnel's ability to problem solve and lastly, the work ethics test that measures individual's ethical code of conduct, essential tools to finding individual's who are equipped to be security guards.


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Security Guards

Job Facts

2018 Median Pay
$28,530 per year, $13.72 per hour
Entry level qualification
High school diploma or equivalent
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)