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Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers

Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
Quick Facts : Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers*
2010 Median Pay$24,380
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,090,600
Job Outlook18% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change200,200


Security guards and gaming surveillance officers monitor closed-circuit TV cameras to keep watch for any criminal activity being attempted or committed. They also inspect properties for things like fires or other types of destruction.

What Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers Do

  • Protect and enforce laws on an employer's property
  • Monitor alarms and closed-circuit TV cameras
  • Control access for employees, visitors, and outside contractors
  • Write comprehensive reports outlining what they observed while on patrol
  • Interview witnesses for later court testimony

Work Environment

Security guards work in a wide variety of environments, including public buildings, retail stores, and office buildings. Guards who serve as transportation security screeners work in air, sea, and rail terminals and other transportation facilities. Gaming surveillance officers do most of their work in casino observation rooms, using audio and video equipment.
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Job Outlook

Employment of security guards is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020 and add 195,000, a large number of jobs, over the decade.
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Pay

In May 2010, the average salary of security guards and gaming surveillance officers was $24,380.
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Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers

24380

Legal & Law Enforcement Occupations

51034.1667

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers*
Percent Change in Employment

Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers

18.3569

Legal & Law Enforcement Occupations

10.89271409312884

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers

Most security guard jobs require an applicant to have a high school diploma or GED. Gaming surveillance officers sometimes need additional coursework beyond a high school diploma. Most states require guards to be licensed.
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