Security officers fulfill significant roles for many companies. The position requires a human element that will keep it relevant for years to come, making it a safe career choice. Even better, the process of becoming a security officer is simple, allowing anyone with interest in the job to pursue it. If you’re interested in a career in security, you’ll only need to follow a few steps.
Step One: Graduate
To work as a security officer in the United States, you’ll need to be at least 18 years old and at least 21 if your employer will arm you. Most employers require at least a high school diploma before hiring, and for some high-risk facilities, you may need a bachelor’s degree as well. You’ll likely also need to pass a drug test and a background check as part of your applications, so keep a clean record as you pursue this career.
Some experts do recommend pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or another related field, where you’ll be able to learn some of the skills your employers will look for in an interview. Further education may give you an edge over other applicants, but you may not need it to get the job you want. Evaluate your options and see what you need to do to get ahead.
Step Two: Apply
For many careers, you need extensive training before you can begin your work, and the same is true of security work. As a security officer, though, your lessons will happen mostly after your position is stable. As soon as you meet the qualifications outlined in Step One, you can send in applications to the company you want to work with, and you’ll be on your way to building a career.
Step Three: Train
Your training will begin once you’ve joined a security company, and either your company or the facility that hires you will pay for the courses. The best companies will equip you to complete the tasks most security officers have to complete, such as dealing with public relations, writing reports of the activities within a shift, and basic protection skills you’ll need on the field.
The training you’ll need to go through before you can begin work will depend on the state’s requirements where you plan to work. Most states require a number of hours in training, and some will specify the types of classes you’ll need to go through. Some states require yearly training after your initial phase, but your company should help you stay up to date with the standards you have to meet in your area.
Step Four: Specialize and Move Up
Security officers have a wide variety of fields they can pursue once they have training and experience. A successful agency will help the people they work with find jobs that suit their skills and personalities. You can find security work that suits you whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, you’re an early bird or a night owl, or whether you want to move around or stay in one place.
As you gain experience in the field, you may find a similar career or advance into a niche you enjoy even more. Police officers, personal guards, and private investigators often benefit from previous security work experience, so if any of these fields appeal to you, security could be a step in that direction.
Are you ready to begin your journey as a security officer? Trident Security is hiring and ready to help you get started. We provide extensive training for our recruits and jobs across the Southwest for people who are passionate about their new career in security. Get in touch today to see how Trident Security can help you fulfill your dreams.