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Security Guards

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Lock doors and gates of entrances and exits to secure buildings.
    • Answer alarms and investigate disturbances.
    • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
    • Write reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
    • Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates.
    • Operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas.
    • Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons.
    • Respond to medical emergencies by administering basic first aid or by obtaining assistance from paramedics.
    • Circulate among visitors, patrons, or employees to preserve order and protect property.
    • Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehend or evict violators from premises, using force when necessary.
    • Inspect and adjust security systems, equipment, or machinery to ensure operational use and to detect evidence of tampering.
    • Escort or drive motor vehicle to transport individuals to specified locations or to provide personal protection.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    0
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 29220/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 14.05/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 33,580
    • Yearly Projected Openings 4,270

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Handguns
    • Handcuffs
    • Desktop computers
    • Automobiles or cars
    • Alarm systems

    Technology

    • Transaction security and virus protection software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Network monitoring software
    • Data base user interface and query software

    Tags

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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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