What does a Security Officer do?
Security officers are responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of a company's employees, visitors, and associated property. Security officers are tasked with patrolling a designated area, responding to safety and security threats, and establishing a security presence. Security officers work in office buildings, retail stores, hospitals, colleges, casinos, and much more.
Security officers do not need to have a formal education aside from a high school diploma or equivalent. Many employers require security officers to be licensed. While licensure requirements vary by state, most states at least require security officers to be 18 years old, pass a background check, and complete a minimum number of hours of training. Requirements generally vary for unarmed versus armed security officers. Security officers must be alert, strong communicators, and physically fit.
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“sexually harassed and assaulted many times and nothing was done but a slap on the wrist”
“Pay wasn't great and expected to go above and beyond but didn't receive much in return”
“Good hours plus they offered Covid pay which is good an extra 24hrs in each check.”
“Then I arrive at work the people great to work with it is the training and head department.”
“Got to Make my own schedule while i was Per Diem and co workers were really friendly.”
“Having new guys do nothing because they're white and I'm a colored woman.”
“The staff and faculty who work here and teach here are top notch and caring.”
“I am still learning so much and get to work with great people and projects across multiple industries.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a security officer
When working as a security officer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Computer Literate, Written Communication, CPR First Aid and Excellent Customer Service.
- Police Officer
- Correctional Officer
- Loss Prevention
- Security Manager
The most common qualifications to become a security officer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.