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Security Officers and Guards provide security and investigative services to organisations and individuals.
Monitors security alarms, CCTV and other surveillance equipment, and contacts supervisors, police or fire brigades if security is breached or fire is detected. Registration or licensing may be required.
Provides armed escort for transportation and delivery of cash and other valuables. Registration or licensing may be required.
Carries out crowd control duties at entertainment, sporting or recreational venues. Registration or licensing may be required.
Conducts investigations for clients and prepares evidence for court proceedings. Registration or licensing is required.
Detects and investigates shoplifting, fraud and other unlawful acts of employees or customers of a retail establishment. Registration or licensing may be required.
Advises clients on security requirements, and recommends and designs security specifications. Registration or licensing may be required.
Patrols and guards industrial and commercial property, railway yards, stations and other facilities. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Mobile Patrol Officer, Railway Patrol Officer
Includes Bodyguard. Registration or licensing may be required.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Employment projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a very large occupation employing 53,100 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.
A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary. Security Consultants usually need a Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience. Crowd Controllers and Private Investigators usually need a Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience. Registration or licensing may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Security Officers and Guards who can connect with others, are trustworthy, responsible and reliable.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.
Teaching and course design.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.