CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Security Guards-All Levels Combined

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Security Guard
Benchmark Title: Security Guards-All Levels Combined
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment. Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates.
 
Answer alarms and investigate disturbances.
 
Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
 
Write reports of daily activities and irregularities such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
 
Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons.
 
Circulate among visitors, patrons, or employees to preserve order and protect property.
 
Answer telephone calls to take messages, answer questions, and provide information during non-business hours or when switchboard is closed.
 
Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehend or evict violators from premises, using force when necessary.
 
Operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas.
 
Escort or drive motor vehicle to transport individuals to specified locations or to provide personal protection.
 
Inspect and adjust security systems, equipment, or machinery to ensure operational use and to detect evidence of tampering.
 
Monitor and adjust controls that regulate building systems, such as air conditioning, furnace, or boiler.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Security Guard
Benchmark Title: Security Guards-All Levels Combined
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Security Guard
Benchmark Title: Security Guards-All Levels Combined
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Security Guard
Benchmark Title: Security Guards-All Levels Combined
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Security Guard
Benchmark Title: Security Guards-All Levels Combined
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Corel WordPerfect software Word processing software
 
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
IBM Lotus 1-2-3 Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital video cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
 
Fax machines Facsimile machines
 
First aid kits Emergency medical services first aid kits
 
Flashlights Flashlights
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Metal handcuffs Handcuffs
 
Multi-line telephone systems Special purpose telephones
 
Multipurpose fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
 
Nightsticks Night sticks
 
Patrol cars Automobiles or cars
 
Patrol golf carts Golf carts
 
Pepper spray Hand sprayers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Photocopiers Photocopiers
 
Pistols Handguns
 
Plastic handcuffs Handcuffs
 
Revolvers Handguns
 
Security alarm systems Alarm systems
 
Security surveillance systems Security or access control systems
 
Switchboards Premise branch exchange PBX systems
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Vehicle weight scales Truck or rail scales
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Security Guard
Benchmark Title: Security Guards-All Levels Combined
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Security Guard
Benchmark Title: Security Guards-All Levels Combined
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Airline Security Representative
Airport Screener
Airport Security Screener
Alarm Investigator
Armed Guard
Armed Security Guard
Armored Car Driver
Armored Car Guard
Bag Checker
Baggage Inspector
Baggage Screener
Baggage Security Checker
Bank Guard
Bodyguard
Bouncer
Camp Guard
Campus Security Officer
Closed Circuit Screen Watcher
Customer Security Clerk
Customer Service Security Officer
Door Tender
Doorshaker
Elevated Guard
Fire Observer
Fire Watchman
Floorperson
Floorwalker
Front Desk Clerk
Gate Attendant
Gate Guard
Gate Keeper
Gate Operator
Gate Person
Gate Tender
Gate Watchman
Gateman
Golf Course Ranger
Government Guard
Guard Driver
Hall Tender
Hotel Security Officer
Houseman
Loss Prevention Officer
Loss Prevention Representative
Maritime Guard
Merchant Patroller
Merchant Police
Package Checker
Patrol Guard
Patrol Officer
Patrolman
Plant Guard
Plant Protection Guard
Plant Protection Officer
Plant Security Guard
Police Guard
Private Security Guard
Private Watchman
Protective Officer
Roundsman
Safety and Security Officer
Security Agent
Security Assistant
Security Checker
Security Guard
Security Inspector
Security Officer
Security Police
Security Screener
Ship Keeper
Special Officer
Special Police
Station Gateman
Store Detective
Surveillance Officer
Timber Watchman
Transportation Security Screener
Truck Guard
Watchguard
Watchman
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Security Guard
Benchmark Title: Security Guards-All Levels Combined
 
 
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