Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Security Officer

Will I need to carry a gun?

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.

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How can I know if I am being paid fairly?

If you’re unsure about what salary is appropriate for a security officer, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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Do security officers work with the public?

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.

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