We surveyed 6,148 security guards to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical security guard. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a security guard?

Low

High

Working as a security guard typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a security guard?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a security guard typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a security guard?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a security guard. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for security guards.

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Do security guards work full-time or part-time?

72% of security guards work in full-time roles while 28% work part-time.

Is being a security guard stressful?

Low

High

Security guards tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a security guard?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a security guard.

How competitive is the workplace for security guards?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for security guards.

Does being a security guard require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for security guards.

Are security guards allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Security guards rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do security guards have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Security guards tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a security guard physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a security guard may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are security guards exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Security guards tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a security guard require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for security guards.

Does being a good security guard require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as security guards.