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How to become a Security Officer

Most security officer positions require a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers will usually conduct identity and background checks on applicants as well. College degrees are not usually a requirement for security officer roles, but employers may prefer applicants with a criminal justice degree or experience. Most states require security officers to be licensed. The process involves a set number of hours spent training with an exam to complete certification.

How to become: Security Guard · Security Specialist · Security Supervisor · Patrol Officer · Armed Security Officer
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What skills help Security Officers find jobs?

  • Analysis skills
  • Bilingual
  • CCTV
  • Communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer skills
  • Customer service
  • DoD experience
  • Driving
  • Encryption
  • English
  • First aid
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Career progression for Security Officer

Education levels for Security Officers

Based on the requirements of Security Officer job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED71.8%
Associate's degree13.8%
Bachelor's degree11.9%
Master's degree2.0%
Middle school education0.3%
Doctoral degree0.2%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Security Officer in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$23,800
4 - 8$25,900
8 - 12$27,200
12 - 16$27,800
16 - 20$28,300
20 - 24$28,300
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Common qualifications for Security Officers

  • AED Certification
  • AHA Certification
  • Act 235
  • Armed Security License
  • BLS Certification
  • Baton Permit
  • CCNA Security
  • CCSP
  • CDL A
  • CEH
  • CISM
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