Security Guards surveillance officers patrol and protect property against theft, vandalism, and other illegal activity. Guards and officers must remain alert, looking out for anything unusual. In an emergency, they are required to call for assistance from police, fire, or ambulance services. Some security guards are armed.

A security guard’s responsibilities vary from one employer to another. In retail stores, guards protect people, merchandise, money, and equipment. They may work with undercover store detectives to prevent theft by customers and employees, detain shoplifting suspects until the police arrive, and patrol parking lots.

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Security Guards surveillance officers patrol and protect property against theft, vandalism, and other illegal activity. Guards and officers must remain alert, looking out for anything unusual. In an emergency, they are required to call for assistance from police, fire, or ambulance services. Some security guards are armed.

A security guard’s responsibilities vary from one employer to another. In retail stores, guards protect people, merchandise, money, and equipment. They may work with undercover store detectives to prevent theft by customers and employees, detain shoplifting suspects until the police arrive, and patrol parking lots.

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Job Prospects


Overall job opportunities are projected to be excellent, especially for security guards. The large size of the occupation and the number of workers who leave the occupation each year should result in many job openings. However, there will be more competition for higher paying positions that require more training and experience.

Candidates who have experience with video surveillance equipment should have the best job prospects in the gaming industry. Those with a background in law enforcement will also have an advantage.

Employment projections data for security guards and gaming surveillance officers, 2016-26


Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2016 Projected Employment, 2026 Change, 2016-26 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers 33-9030 1,133,900 1,205,000 6 71,000 xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Employment projections data for security guards and gaming surveillance officers, 2016-26


Occupational Title
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
SOC Code
33-9030
Employment, 2016
1,133,900
Projected Employment, 2026
1,205,000
CHANGE, 2016-26
PERCENT
6
NUMERIC
71,000
EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY
xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Pay


The median annual wage for gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators was $33,260 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,010, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $54,480.

The median annual wage for security guards was $26,900 in May 2017. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,640, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $48,370.

In May 2017, the median annual wages for gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:


State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals $54,270
Casino Hotels $36,600
Gambling Industries (Except Casino Hotels) $33,860
Spectator Sports $32,170
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals $30,610

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers usually work in shifts of approximately 8 hours, with rotating schedules. Night shifts are common.

Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers


Median annual wages, May 2017


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

Job Outlook


Overall employment of security guards and gaming surveillance officers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment of security guards is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Security guards will continue to be needed to protect both people and property because of concerns about crime and vandalism.

Employment of gaming surveillance officers and investigators is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Although states continue to legalize gambling and casinos continue to grow in number, advances in video surveillance and anti-cheating technology may limit the employment of gaming surveillance officers and investigators.

Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers


Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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