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A security officer maintains a safe environment on behalf of their employers. They ensure the staff, customers, visitors and business premises are secure. They patrol perimeters, use surveillance equipment to monitor activity and perform security checks required for visitors to the site.
Each role is different as some security officers will need to carry guns. You will need to undergo special firearms training and earn a permit to carry a firearm. Most states have a Department of Security, a Bureau of Security and Investigative Services or a Security Regulatory Board that will be able to offer advice and provide guidelines for earning a license.
Some security officers work extensively with the public, conducting security checks on visitors and escorting them around the site. Others work in retail and act as the public face of their employer while dealing with customers. Other roles will focus on keeping stock safe by monitoring and maintaining security systems often through the night, which involves minimal contact with the public.
Security is a 24-hour business and security officers can perform a wide variety of roles within numerous positions, with varying degrees of flexibility. Some security officers work fixed office hours during the day, while others work nights or part-time. Being a security officer can be an ideal job for someone who desires flexibility.