Security officer

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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.

What skills help Security Officers find jobs?

  • Security
  • Military Experience
  • Customer Service
  • Computer Skills
  • Law Enforcement
  • Communication Skills
  • DoD Experience
  • Computer Literacy
  • CCTV
  • Writing Skills
  • Microsoft Office
  • RMF

Career progression for Security Officer

Education levels for Security Officers

0%0%4%6%89%Doctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Security Officer job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience24k25k26k27k28kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Security Officer in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Security Officers

  • Guard Card
  • Driver's License
  • PERC Card
  • OC Certification
  • AED Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • Class D
  • First Aid Certification
  • TWIC Card
  • Firearms License
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Non-CDL Class C