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Security officer

Security officers make sure that buildings, valuables and people are safe and secure.

Potential salary

£16,000 to £26,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 48 a week

  • 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 for dealing with emergencies
  • concentration skills to stay alert and aware of your surroundings
  • customer service skills for challenging people politely but firmly
  • excellent verbal communication skills for negotiating with people
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your duties will depend on where you work, but may include:

  • patrolling premises and securing doors, windows and other entrances
  • monitoring CCTV cameras
  • responding to alarms
  • checking staff and visitors in and out of buildings
  • guarding cash or other valuables in a security vehicle
  • operating scanning equipment and devices, for example at airports
  • searching luggage
  • guarding the boundaries of important facilities, like airports or power stations

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at a store or from a vehicle.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

With experience, you could become a supervisor, then senior or chief security officer.

With further qualifications you could go into security management or training, or set up your own security company.

You can find out more about working and training in security from Skills for Security.

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