Bodyguard | Selby College
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Bodyguards protect individuals or groups from the risk of violence, kidnapping and other harmful situations.

Potential salary


Employment by 2024


Working hours

46 to 48 variable

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • concentration skills
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • protecting clients from threats like terrorism, or from political opponents, stalkers or over-enthusiastic fans
  • checking out premises before clients arrive
  • planning to identify and prevent potential threats or disruption
  • staying constantly alert to react to threatening situations
  • accompanying clients on business and social visits
  • driving clients to and from venues

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a client's business or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you may spend nights away from home.

With experience, you could specialise in surveillance, driving or residential security, or move into risk assessment consultancy work.

You can find more details about training to be a bodyguard through the Security Industry Authority.

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