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Security Guards

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.   (O'Net 33-9032.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Airline Security Representative, Airport Screener, Airport Security Screener, Alarm Investigator, Armed Guard, Armed Security Guard, Armored Car Driver, Armored Car Guard, Bag Checker, Baggage Inspector, Baggage Screener, Baggage Security Checker, Bank Guard, Bodyguard, Bouncer, Camp Guard, Campus Security Officer, Closed Circuit Screen Watcher, Customer Security Clerk, Customer Service Security Officer, Door Tender, Doorshaker, Elevated Guard, Fire Observer, Fire Watchman, Floorperson, Floorwalker, Front Desk Clerk, Gate Attendant, Gate Guard, Gate Keeper, Gate Operator, Gate Person, Gate Tender, Gate Watchman, Gateman, Golf Course Ranger, Government Guard, Guard Driver, Hall Tender, Hotel Security Officer, Houseman, Loss Prevention Officer, Loss Prevention Representative, Maritime Guard, Merchant Patroller, Merchant Police, Package Checker, Patrol Guard, Patrol Officer, Patrolman, Plant Guard, Plant Protection Guard, Plant Protection Officer, Plant Security Guard, Police Guard, Private Security Guard, Private Watchman, Protective Officer, Roundsman, Safety and Security Officer, Security Agent, Security Assistant, Security Checker, Security Guard, Security Inspector, Security Officer, Security Police, Security Screener, Ship Keeper, Special Officer, Special Police, Station Gateman, Store Detective, Surveillance Officer, Timber Watchman, Transportation Security Screener, Truck Guard, Watchguard, Watchman
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 9.91   $ 11.01   $ 12.96   $ 17.09   $ 26.36   $ 15.19  
    Yearly $20,600   $22,910   $26,970   $35,540   $54,830   $31,600  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 9.61   $ 10.95   $ 13.09   $ 17.85   $ 26.93   $ 15.44  
    Yearly $19,990   $22,770   $27,230   $37,140   $56,010   $32,110  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.23   $ 11.06   $ 12.53   $ 15.21   $ 25.48   $ 14.57  
    Yearly $21,280   $23,010   $26,050   $31,630   $52,990   $30,310  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.61   $ 11.17   $ 14.49   $ 18.37   $ 24.23   $ 16.40  
    Yearly $19,980   $23,230   $30,130   $38,210   $50,390   $34,110  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 1,259 1,297 0.3% 22
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Administrative and support services 61.0%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 6.2%
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 3.8%
    Food services and drinking places 2.8%
    Accommodation 2.6%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
     
  • Write reports of daily activities and irregularities such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
     
  • Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons.
     
  • Answer alarms and investigate disturbances.
     
  • Circulate among visitors, patrons, or employees to preserve order and protect property.
     
  • Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates.
     
  • Escort or drive motor vehicle to transport individuals to specified locations or to provide personal protection.
     
  • Operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas.
     
  • Answer telephone calls to take messages, answer questions, and provide information during non-business hours or when switchboard is closed.
     
  • Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehend or evict violators from premises, using force when necessary.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Security Guards  updated June 2008
     


    Knowledge
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Security Guards  updated June 2008
     


    Skills
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Security Guards  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Security Guards  updated June 2008
     


    Work Activities
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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Security Guards  updated June 2008
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Security Guards  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Security Guards  updated June 2008
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Private Investigator and Security Guard Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Private Investigative & Security Services
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Security Guards  updated June 2008
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Security Guards 
     

     
     
     
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