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SECURITY GUARDS
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Occupation Description:
 
  Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment. Excludes “Transportation Security Screeners” (33-9093).
 
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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Lock doors and gates of entrances and exits to secure buildings.
  • Respond to medical emergencies by administering basic first aid or by obtaining assistance from paramedics.
  • 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.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • 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..
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions..
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • 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..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders..
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects..
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems..
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Short-term on-the-job training (short demonstration up to one month)
 
License Authority for Guard, Security:  (License details)
 
  Department of Emergency and Public Protection
Division of State Police
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Rd.
Middletown, CT   006457
(860) 685-8290
email: dps.spec.licensing@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/despp

 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $34,623.00 $16.64 $11.55 $12.13 - $19.04
Bridgeport/Stamford $32,782.00 $15.76 $11.48 $11.91 - $17.76
Danbury $34,212.00 $16.45 $11.82 $12.35 - $17.62
Hartford $36,917.00 $17.75 $12.13 $12.72 - $21.58
New Haven $33,862.00 $16.28 $11.41 $12.06 - $19.39
New London/Norwich $32,185.00 $15.47 $11.27 $11.70 - $17.54
Waterbury $37,472.00 $18.01 $11.25 $11.36 - $18.11
Torrington $33,265.00 $15.99 $12.77 $13.88 - $18.26
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2016 2026
State of Connecticut 11,660 11,790 0.1% 1,536
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, but the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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