Skills for Security Jobs


From art galleries with prized paintings to your favorite department store, security professionals are hired to deter crime, enforce rules and protect people. Depending on the job requirements, security personnel may also guard money or valuables, conduct surveillance or simply maintain order. A variety of skills are required to carry out the duties of a security job.

Monitoring Skills

  • Many security jobs require an employee to scan a room and pinpoint a potential threat. A sharp eye for monitoring, staying alert, and a high level of social perceptiveness help department store security make accurate assessments--such as recognizing the common signs of a shoplifter.

Speaking Skills

  • The ability to speak to and communicate with others is important for security professionals who come in frequent contact with the public. For example, museum security often answers questions about closing times, reminds visitors of rules and directs patrons to proper exits.

Keen Observation Skills

  • Usually positioned in an observation room with audio and video equipment, surveillance agents watch over the daily activities of their places of employment. For instance, a gaming surveillance officer at a casino looks for theft or cheating. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surveillance agents also keep an eye out for patrons breaking rules.

Writing Skills

  • Security personnel are often required to write reports and document daily activities and inconsistencies at their places of employment. This includes equipment or property damage, theft, the presence of unauthorized persons, or any out-of-the-ordinary occurrences.


  • Security staff must modify their actions to meet those of people posing a threat or breaking the rules. Security guards answer alarms and investigate disturbances. At any moment, they may have to react quickly to save lives, property or valuables. Coordination allows security guards to pursue and apprehend assailants, thieves and other criminals.

Firearm Training

  • In some security jobs, knowing how to use a firearm is a requirement. Armored car guards are hired to provide security for the physical transfer of money and valuables. The guards protect individuals making commercial bank deposits. Transporting money and valuables is hazardous, often requiring a bulletproof vest and a firearm.

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