What are the Job Duties of a Security Officer?


With many private and government businesses opting to hire security officers to protect their buildings, customers, and employees, there are many careers available to those looking to enter the work force in security. Many people who are just entering the work force, as well as those with prior experience in the Armed Forces, go into security enforcement because of its flexibility and competitive pay. According to indeed.com-a job search website-the average salary in the United States as of July, 2010 for a security officer was $63,000 per year. There are many duties that officers are expected to carry out; the following is a list of some of the most common job duties for security officers.

Vehicle and Parking Protection

  • Seattle-based company Global Security Force, Inc., states that their security officers are equipped to deal with “illegal and thoughtless parking, vehicle tampering, vehicle theft” and “general traffic management.” This is typical of what many companies offering security train their employees to handle. Many duties in the security field occur at night in parking lots and residential areas in which officers are expected to watch for suspicious activities around cars. They are trained to know how to spot potential threats to vehicles and personal belongings and deal with the situations accordingly.

Interpersonal Duties

  • According to the job description provided by Global Security Force, officers are trained and ready to handle situations involving criminals, thugs, and “potential trouble makers.” There are many jobs available for security officers as bouncers at night clubs and bars--jobs which generally require a great deal of interaction with people. Security officers in positions such as this need to know how to spot trouble before it begins and defuse potential situations quickly before the police become involved.

Other Job Duties

  • Since most security work takes place at night, officers are generally expected to have flexibility with their schedules. In addition to protecting vehicles and people, officers are often hired to protect buildings like museums, hospitals and banks. In job situations such as this, they are trained to arm and disarm alarm systems, check exits, including stairwells and elevators, and know any building emergency and evacuation plans in case it becomes necessary to implement them. Security officers often work in close contact with local police departments so it’s important for them to know who to reach and for what types of situations.

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