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Security Guards
District Of Columbia

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Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

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Currently Employed: 14,700

Projected Annual Job Openings: 700

Typical Hourly Wage: $13.19 - $22.09

Typical Annual Salary: $27,400 - $46,000

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
  • Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates.
  • Escort or drive motor vehicle to transport individuals to specified locations or to provide personal protection.
  • Operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas.
  • Answer telephone calls to take messages, answer questions, and provide information during non-business hours or when switchboard is closed.
  • 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.
  • Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehend or evict violators from premises, using force when necessary.
  • Answer alarms and investigate disturbances.
  • Inspect and adjust security systems, equipment, or machinery to ensure operational use and to detect evidence of tampering.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Automobiles or cars
  • Golf carts
  • Hand sprayers
  • Handcuffs
  • Handguns

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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