Private Security

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Private security guards are hired by individuals, schools or businesses to protect people and property. They are contributors and thrill seekers that use their knowledge and observational skills to ensure the safety of others.

Security guards must be detail-oriented, observant, and in good physical shape. They must also be ethical, quick-thinkers, and always prepared for multiple situations. Specific duties vary by employer, but typically include monitoring a specific area at all hours of the day and reporting any suspicious activity or criminal behavior. Some individuals hire private security guards to escort them safely to various places, or they may also drive armored vehicles containing valuable items.

Their duties also include operating and monitoring surveillance equipment, attend to any disturbance or security situation, and writing reports. They also sometimes may be asked to testify in court. Private security guards are usually required to have a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as a qualification in security training. Job growth for security guards is projected at 4% for the decade ending in 2028.

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