Security Guards and Related Occupations

Security guards and related occupations protect merchandise, individuals, hotels, offices, factories, shops, public grounds and private estates from injury, theft or damage.


New workers
£ 3,398
£ 27,189
£ 51,944

Available jobs

In the past year there were 244,123 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Greets and organises people attending court cases, ensures necessary parties are present, calls defendants and witnesses, directs oath taking and keeps order in the courtroom.

  • Patrols airport, checks passengers baggage, operates metal detectors and x-rays and assists in responding to emergency situations.

  • Watches for illegal fishing or attempted smuggling.

  • Ejects persons in illegal occupation of premises.

  • Calls in civil police and gives evidence in court where necessary.

  • Receives duty sheet, time-clock and keys for premises to be visited, checks locks, doors, windows, etc. and reports any suspicious circumstances to security headquarters.

  • Provides entry security, checks tickets, manages queues, takes entry fees, and escorts people from the premises where necessary in a variety of public venues such as nightclubs, pubs and bars.

  • Checks persons and vehicles entering and leaving premises, establishes their credentials and arranges for escorts for visitors.

  • Monitors, patrols and deals with security difficulties in hotels, factories, offices and other premises, and public or private estates to prevent theft and unauthorised entry.

  • Walks or rides near person requiring protection, watches for suspicious occurrences and defends guarded person from attack.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Patrolling

  • Guarding

  • Closed-Circuit Television Systems (CCTV)

  • Access Controls

  • Information Privacy

  • Alarm Devices

  • Customer Relationship Management

  • Site Security

  • Fire Alarm Systems

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • Professionalism

  • Incident Reporting

  • Operations

  • Investigation

  • First Aid

  • English Language

  • Detail Oriented

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.