Security Careers

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By security careers we basically mean physical security that have a private policing function. These are jobs where you put your life on the line to protect people and property of a private or government owned company or establishment as security guards, escorts, bouncers, watchmen or personal bodyguards. Often security personnel wear uniforms as part of their objective to have a high visibility presence to deter would be criminals but are also deployed disguised as civilians (i.e. disguised as patrons in department stores) and work undercover to root out crime.

They watch out for signs of petty crime, disorder, illegal activity then either take appropriate action or report them if any incidents occur. Aside from some compulsory training to acquire certification or license, especially as a security guard, requirements are minimal and a high school diploma is usually enough.

Police and military are also considered as security jobs but are at a higher category and are under the control of national or local governments. Police are individuals empowered to enforce the law and use force if necessary as well as protect people and property and stop or control civil disorder within a legal territorial area of responsibility. Police are separate from military forces in the sense that they are not normally involved in the defense of a state against foreign aggression. To qualify you must be at least 21 years old and meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications. You must at least have a high school education.



The military is part of security careers at an international level. It is the organization called upon and authorized to defend its country from foreign aggressors. In most nations the military is divided into three armed services: 1) Army – part of the military considered as the ground forces and fight the military battles on land; 2) Navy – includes all armed forces designated for seaborne operation. The marines are the land based arm of a navy and are usually sent during amphibious warfare, and 3) Air Force – the armed service primarily conducting war in and from the air with the use of various types of aircraft and airborne weapons but also employ ground crews and troops for guarding air fields and servicing aircraft. In the U.S. all military officers are required at least a bachelor’s degree and enlisted personnel are at least high school graduates.

Also a special type of security careers are information security specialists or cyber security. This is actually a branch of computer technology whose objective is protection of personal or company digital information or property from theft, damage or destruction, at the same time allowing these to remain accessible and usable for its intended users.
These cyber security specialists are also proficient in the operation and maintenance of electronic security devices and surveillance equipment such as CCTV cameras, all kinds of alarm systems and various electronic methods of protecting teller machines and other company equipment and property from theft. Qualified cyber security professionals usually have degrees in computer engineering or programming and training or extensive knowledge in electronic equipment use and maintenance. As we advance further daily into the digital age, these types of security employment are continually growing.

Security careers also include Security Consultants who work either freelance or for security firms and give recommendations and direction as to what ideal security systems, facilities or personnel should be put into place for a given client whether it be a small or large company, a government establishment, a bank or a private home. To qualify as security consultants you must have extensive experience in the business of security so these positions are usually held by retired police or military officers.
The employment outlook for security careers is very favorable since as long as there are big companies and corporations, governments and even just on an ordinary day you will always need security personnel. Employment as security guards and similar is expected to grow by about 14 percent; Cyber Security jobs are expected to grow by more than 20 percent; Police employment is going to grow by 10 percent all this in the period from 2008 to 2018. Opportunities for military service should be excellent at this time through 2018.

The median annual salary for licensed security guards is $24,000 and for cyber security $66,310. For police officers the median annual salary varies widely depending on job assignment and rank, however, for the most common patrol officer position it is $51,410.00. For the military, newly enlisted personnel receive a monthly wage averaging $1,294.00 and new commissioned officers receive an average of $2,655.00 monthly.

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