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Security Guards - 33-9032.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Campus Security Officer
  • Custom Protection Officer
  • Customer Service Security Officer
  • Hotel Security Officer
  • Loss Prevention Officer
  • Safety and Security Officer
  • Security Agent
  • Security Guard
  • Security Officer
  • Security Supervisor

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Answer alarms and investigate disturbances.
  • Answer telephone calls to take messages, answer questions, and provide information during non-business hours or when switchboard is closed.
  • Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons.
  • Circulate among visitors, patrons, or employees to preserve order and protect property.
  • Escort or drive motor vehicle to transport individuals to specified locations or to provide personal protection.
  • Inspect and adjust security systems, equipment, or machinery to ensure operational use and to detect evidence of tampering.
  • Lock doors and gates of entrances and exits to secure buildings.
  • Monitor and adjust controls that regulate building systems, such as air conditioning, furnace, or boiler.
  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
  • Operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas.
  • Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates.
  • Respond to medical emergencies by administering basic first aid or by obtaining assistance from paramedics.
  • Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehend or evict violators from premises, using force when necessary.
  • Write reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Block physical access to restricted areas.
  • Drive vehicles to transport individuals or equipment.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Maintain public order or security.
  • Monitor access or flow of people to prevent problems.
  • Operate surveillance equipment to detect suspicious or illegal activities.
  • Patrol properties to maintain safety.
  • Prevent unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas.
  • Provide first aid or rescue assistance in emergencies.
  • Request emergency personnel.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.
  • Use weapons or physical force to maintain security.
  • Warn individuals about rule violations or safety concerns.
  • Write operational reports.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Anti-tank Missileman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Camp/Convoy Security Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Correctional Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Cannoneer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Guard (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Indirect Fire Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Assaultman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Unit Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Internment/Resettlement Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Reconnaissance Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Machinists Mate, Non-Nuclear, Submarine Weapons (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Marine Basic Combat Skills Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Marine Corps Security Force (MCSF) Close Quarters Battle (CQB) Team Member (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Marine Corps Security Force (MCSF) Guard (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Marine Security Guard (MSG) (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Master-At-Arms (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Missile Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mobile Security Force Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mortarman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Rifleman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Riverine Assault Craft (RAC) Crewman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Support Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • United States Air Force Honor Guard (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • USAF Installation Honor Guard Program Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Guard, Security

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Armored-Car Guard
  • Armored-Car Guard and Driver
  • Bodyguard
  • Bouncer
  • Gate Guard
  • Golf-Course Ranger
  • Guard, Security
  • Merchant Patroller