Career Details

Security Guard

Career Overview

A security guard typically patrols a property or business to make sure no crimes occur.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required to obtain this position. Completing a two-year college program or four-year bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field would likely increase the chances of obtaining this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$22,000 /yr
$32,000 /yr
$52,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Criminal Justice
  • Communication
  • Foreign Languages
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

A security guard can potentially work for any type of business. This work can potentially be dangerous, although it is generally fairly routine. Dave, the security guard featured in the video, works for a beach resort.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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