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Skills for Security Jobs

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, security guards, gaming surveillance workers and other jobs providing security require no special training or education but offer average salaries, making it a field to consider if you are seeking an entry-level position. Learning the skills it takes to be successful in a security position can help you determine whether it is a good fit for you.


Not only must security personnel be able to interact with their supervisors and co-workers, but they also must have the ability to communicate effectively with the public. For instance, you might need to ask questions of a suspicious person browsing in a store or a customer who has been involved in an incident. In addition, security workers must often convey instructions or directives and should be able to do so in a clear, concise and appropriate manner.


Seconds count in many security jobs and you will likely experience situations that do not allow you to ask others for input. Security workers should be able to think on their feet and have good judgment so that they can make the best decision when time is of the essence. Hesitating before taking action or exercising poor judgment could turn a troublesome situation into a dangerous one.

Observation and Memory

A sharp attention to detail and the ability to remember specific information are valuable skills for most security jobs. Security personnel must be keenly aware of their surroundings at all times and should notice almost instantly when something is amiss. An aptitude for quick and lasting memorization is beneficial, as well. For instance, memorizing a license plate number, facial features or other particulars can help detect and prevent criminal behavior.

Physical Strength

In some work environments, security guards might be required to possess certain physical skills. At the very least, many security guards and similar positions must stand or walk for long periods. Other jobs might necessitate running after perpetrators, physically restraining suspects or preventing unauthorized people from entering the premises. Learn about the physical requirements of a specific position before you apply to make sure you are comfortable with them.


About the Author

Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.

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