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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Security Guards
Link: Bls.gov for Security Guards

Quick Facts: Security Guards and Gambling Surveillance Officers

2021 Median Pay: $31,470 per year/ $15.13 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education: High school diploma or equivalent

Work Experience in a Related Occupation: See How to Become One

On-the-job Training: See How to Become One

Number of Jobs, 2021: 1,087,200

Job Outlook, 2021-31: 3% (Slower than average)

Employment Change, 2021-31: 38,000

What Security Guards and Gambling Surveillance Officers Do

Security guards and gambling surveillance officers protect property from illegal activity.

Work Environment

Security guards work in a variety of places, including industrial settings, retail stores, and office buildings. Gambling surveillance officers work mostly in casinos. Because many buildings and casinos are open 24 hours a day, security guards and officers often must work around the clock.

How to Become a Security Guard or Gambling Surveillance Officer

Security guards and gambling surveillance officers typically need a high school diploma. Gambling surveillance officers may also need experience with security and video surveillance, depending on their work assignment. Most states require guards to be licensed by the state, especially if they carry a firearm.

 

Pay

The median annual wage for gambling surveillance officers and gambling investigators was $35,450 in May 2021.

The median annual wage for security guards was $31,470 in May 2021.

 

Job Outlook

Overall employment of security guards and gambling surveillance officers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2021 to 2031, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 155,900 openings for security guards and gambling surveillance officers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

 

State & Area Data

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Similar Occupations

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More Information, Including Links to O*NET

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