|Quick Facts: Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$24,020 per year
$11.55 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||1,083,600|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||12% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||130,200|
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and protect property against theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity.
Security guards work in a wide variety of places, including public buildings, retail stores, and office buildings. Gaming surveillance officers work mostly in casino observation rooms, using audio and video equipment. Because many buildings and casinos are open 24 hours a day, guards often must work around the clock.
Most security guard jobs require a high school diploma. Gaming surveillance officers sometimes need additional experience with security and video surveillance. Most states require guards to be registered with the state, especially if they carry a firearm.
The median annual wage for security guards and gaming surveillance officers was $24,020 in May 2012.
Employment of security guards and gaming surveillance officers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall job opportunities should be excellent, especially for security guards.
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