Security guards (who are also called security officers) are responsible for protecting public and private property against theft, fire, vandalism, illegal entry, and acts of violence. They may work for commercial or government organizations, healthcare facilities such as hospitals, or private individuals. About 1.2 million security guards are employed in the United States.
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Salaries for security guards vary according to their level of training and experience, and the location where they work. Those who work for large organizations may earn higher salaries than those employed by small firms. Median annual earnings for security guards were $29,680 in May 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Experienced security guards earned more than $50,310 per year, w...
Security guards may work indoors or outdoors. In high-crime areas and industries vulnerable to theft and vandalism, there may be considerable physical danger. Guards who work in hospitals, museums, department stores, and other buildings and facilities remain on their feet for long periods of time, either standing still or walking while on patrol. Guards assigned to reception areas or security c...
Employment for guards and other security personnel is expected to increase about as fast as the average, by 3 percent, through 2029, as public concern about crime, vandalism, and terrorism continues to grow. There may be a lag in employment growth into 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused an economic slowdown. Many businesses have reduced their budgets and staff, however, secu...