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Security officers ensure the safety and security of people, property and valuables, and help prevent theft and damage.
What does a Security Officer do?
Security officers ensure the safety and security of people, property and valuables, help prevent theft and damage, deal with emergencies, and maintain crowd control. Security officers are also known as security guards or bouncers.
As a security officer, you might:
- patrol and secure premises and public venues, inside and out
- monitor closed circuit television (CCTV) to check potential incidents
- guard and transport large sums of money or valuables
- observe and report suspects to police
- apprehend and lawfully detain suspects until police arrive
- act as personal security for a person or group of people
- work at an airport, screening passengers and guarding boundaries
- supervise the door for high end retail or large oganisations
- monitor visitors to a site, issue security passes and and record arrival and departure times
- operate crowd control services at concerts, rallies or events.
Key skills and interests
To become a security officer, you would need:
- to be honest and responsible
- a good level of physical fitness
- a polite and helpful manner
- self-confidence and calmness under pressure
- the ability to follow written instructions.
Working hours and conditions
As a security officer you would work a standard number of hours per week, which might include evening and weekend work. Shift work is common.
Your working conditions would depend on your role. Jobs that require driving are common, such as spending time in a security van. You may spend your time outdoors, in all types of weather, securing the perimeter or premises. You would spend a lot of time on your feet.
How to become an Security Officer?
Entry Level Education
To become a security officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in security operations or security and risk management. A National Police Check and/or an interview prior to being accepted is usual.
You may also become a security officer through a traineeship in Security Operations or Security and Risk Management. Generally, employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Upon completion of training you need to apply for the necessary security licence from your State. You will need to over 18 years of age, have a National Police Certificate and have a valid first aid certificate.
If you work in a licensed venue where alcohol is served, you would also need a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate.
Employment of security officers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.
An added emphasis on safety and security, along with roles across a broad range of industries, will mean excellent overall job opportunities for security officers.