Security guards monitor and protect property against criminal activity and damage. These guards may work at schools, hospitals, and banks, along with such commercial properties as shopping centers, casinos, and sports venues, power plants, and transportation hubs. They monitor the flow of people and employees and respond in emergency situations.
Although some are stationed at desks or in gatehouses, others may patrol on foot or in vehicles, so security guards can benefit from being physically fit. Employers generally look for observant, detail-oriented individuals who aren’t easily distracted and can identify threats quickly. Active listening also helps in the field, so security guards can identify complaints and receive information on questionable activity.