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We here at Employed Security Service Center take security very seriously. It is important for us to find candidates who are as interested and excited about security as us. It is our belief that the first step in finding the right candidates include a transparency of the path the individual is considering. In sharing what the career consists of and what is the path the individual can make an informed decision about their career. Starting your career in security is the best stepping stone for better paying positions in the future.

What do Security Guards do?
Security Guards guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. Security Guards may operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

Some sample job titles include but are not limited to:

  • Campus Security Officer
  • Custom Protection Officer
  • Customer Service Security Officer
  • Hotel Security Officer
  • Loss Prevention Officer
  • Safety and Security Officer
  • Security Agent
  • Security Guard
  • Security Officer
  • Security Supervisor

Work Tasks Include:

  • 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.

According to the Department of Labor the following is what was reported as average in 2015.
High Wage: $45,010
Median: $24,630
Low: $18,350

Basic Security Officers
Basic security officers range anywhere from those standing watch at the local shopping mall or amusement park to those who are primarily a fire watch during night patrols at a commercial building. These men and women can be paid little more than minimum wage and perform basic protective tasks, which include private patrols, sentry duty, and others.

Armed Specialists
This person is normally responsible for the basic line security officers. Armed specialists are usually responsible for making sure that their subordinates are where they should be and carrying out their responsibilities in an efficient manner. Often little more than a basic guard himself, the armed specialist usually has more training and experience than those he supervises. He is also responsible to a property owner or other supervisor for making sure that the proper responsibilities are carrier out.

Armed Carriers
Often employed by an armed transport company. These men and women are responsible for transporting large amounts of cash and other valuables to and from banks and businesses. Since there is a higher level of threat involved as well as more responsibilities, these officers are normally paid a higher amount. Another category of armed security are private carriers. These professionals work for the top brand stores and companies to ensure that expensive property such as jewelry, art, and other goods are delivered safely to buyers, wherever they might happen to be located.

Responsible for screening employees and members of the public who enter commercial and government buildings. These include places of business as well as buildings such as courthouses and others. This level of armed employee is also faced with a greater level or threat in the performance of their job. As a result, and due to the fact that they are often employed by government, these personnel are often paid better than standard.

Surveillance Officers
Often the eyes in the sky who watch people and things in order to ensure the safety and security of people and property. Due to the fact that many of these security jobs work with high technology in the performance of their jobs, they are often paid a higher rate. Not only do these security jobs used highly specialized equipment to watch others, but they can also be highly visible, which can make them highly effective to prevent crime before it happens. These professionals are typically employed by casinos.

Private Police
When a metropolitan police force does not have the manpower or time to provide close security for a facility, private companies will often hire their own security professionals to ensure that employees and others are safe as well as property is protected. A private police force is also often employed to be visible to prevent theft by employees.

Private Detectives and Investigators
Often retired police detectives who choose to move their services to private clients. These professionals are often employed by private firms or can work on their own in the employ of private companies who hire them to investigate thefts and other crimes against persons and property. Private detectives and investigators often specialize in the types of crime they solve such as missing persons and fraud. For this reason one job could take a year or more to solve, all the while clients pay them to continue in pursuit of their objective.

Bounty Hunter
Loosely related to security type jobs is the bounty hunter. Bounty hunters can be employed by a bail bondsman or the court to catch accused criminals who have skipped bond and gone on the run. Since they often post significant amounts of money for bail, it behooves those who post the bail to make sure that the accused show up for their day in court. And due to the nature of the people a bounty hunter must work with, they are often well armed as well as well paid. Bounty hunters do not necessarily possess a high level of education, but in terms of their knowledge of the law and the parameters of their rights to enforce warrants, they are often well versed in what they are and are not allowed to do. The knowledge of these guidelines and to make sure that they stay within them also causes them to be well paid.

Bodyguards or Personal Protection Specialists
Highly trained personal protection specialists are employed to provide protection to people of wealth & power from those who wish to do them harm. These attacks can come in a variety of ways, anytime and at any place and can include kidnapping attempts and even death threats. This specialized professional will typically not be limited to the protection of one individual but of a whole family. For this reason as well as the potentially dangerous situations these professionals are forced to deal with, the demands for greater levels of education and training are higher. Their pay also reflects this.

Security Specialists
Perhaps some of the highest paid and best trained of all armed security personnel are security specialists. These professionals function almost to a level of being police forces in and of themselves since they work to enforce law and order within specially defined areas, such as specified buildings or other properties. It is easy to understand that some buildings or grounds such as amusement parks must employ professionals who understand how to control their responsibilities intimately, and that is what these specialists do. Security specialists can recognize security flaws in a property before a problem happens and know how to fix it. That’s their job.

From the Basic Security Guard to Highly Paid & Well Trained Security Specialists, each are paid to perform certain tasks that ensure a higher level of safety for those who live and work in an increasingly dangerous world. If any of these positions have captured your attention do not hesitate and start your journey towards your career in security. We are here to help you along the way, so stop wasting time and connect with us to start your journey. If you have already received your certification and are looking for employment connect with us as well. All you have to do is call 1 626 765-9589