In today’s post 9/11 world, there is an ever increasing need for people willing to provide first-rate security services to a broad range of industries. As a matter of fact, there is so much need for security personnel that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the security and investigation industry as one of the top employers in the nation.
In addition to being a vibrant industry with great work opportunities, it can also be lucrative. Some place the average annual salary somewhere between $17,000 and $44,000. The lower end of the spectrum is typically where newly trained and part-time employees land. Seasoned security officers often find themselves at the high end of the spectrum and beyond.
Of course in order to obtain security officer employment, it is generally important that potential candidates readily have, or are able to obtain, the following:
- Be literate and proficient in the English language (oral and written)
- 5 years’ worth of employment history, preferably in the security field
- Completed employment eligibility verification form
- Valid state driver’s license in good standing
- 3 personal references (non-relatives)
- Clean criminal background check
- Clean drug and alcohol screen
Once hired, security officers frequently must undergo a specific period of in-house training. The in-house training is often a combination of classroom and on-the-job components conducted by seasoned professionals. Depending on the state and the employer, that initial training may take 24 to 74 hours.
The training doesn’t end there though. The majority of security services firms also demand that their security officers continue their education via in-service programs and workshops. To learn more about nationwide security officer employment opportunities for qualified individuals, please contact us.