How to become a Security Officer

Most security officer positions require a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers will usually conduct identity and background checks on applicants as well. College degrees are not usually a requirement for security officer roles, but employers may prefer applicants with a criminal justice degree or experience. Most states require security officers to be licensed. The process involves a set number of hours spent training with an exam to complete certification.

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What skills help Security Officers find jobs?

  • Security
  • Military Experience
  • Law Enforcement
  • Customer Service
  • Computer Skills
  • RMF
  • ICD Coding
  • Communication Skills
  • NIST Standards
  • DoD Experience
  • CCTV
  • Writing Skills
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Career progression for Security Officer

Education levels for Security Officers

Based on the requirements of Security Officer job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Security Officer in the United States within the last three years.

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Common qualifications for Security Officers

  • Guard Card
  • Class D Security
  • Driver's License
  • PERC Card
  • CPR Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • AED Certification
  • CISSP
  • Class D
  • Certified Analytics Professional
  • GSLC
  • CISM
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