Security Guard


A security guard is responsible for protecting people and property from theft, vandalism, and other criminal activities. They patrol the premises, monitor security cameras, and respond to alarms. They may also check identification, issue visitor badges, and provide security escorts.

Security guards are commonly employed in various settings, including office buildings, shopping centers, hospitals, schools, and other public places. Their primary responsibilities include monitoring surveillance equipment, conducting patrols, checking for unauthorized access, and responding to emergencies or incidents.

In addition to their primary duties, security guards may also be responsible for screening visitors or employees, checking identification, and maintaining logs and reports of incidents or activities on the premises. They may also provide assistance to customers or visitors, such as providing directions or answering questions.

Common tasks 

    TaskRelated trait(s)
    Ensuring the security of people and property Conscientiousness
    Monitoring patrolling and controlling access to premises Focus Conscientiousness
    Responding to incidents such as alarms or emergencies Courage Emotional Stability
    Documenting incidents and submitting reports Conscientiousness
    Enforcing rules and regulations in the premises Integrity
    Coordinating with law enforcement and emergency services as required 
    Complying with relevant rules regulations and legislation Integrity
    Providing assistance to customers, employees, and visitors on the premises as needed Conscientiousness
    Collaborating with colleagues 

    Soft skills measured by TraitForward

    TraitNo of QuestionsCronbach’s  alpha (α)
    Are they focused?
    Can they perform in intimidating situations?
    Are they good team members?
    Do they have a desirable work ethic?
    Emotional Stability60.80
    Can they stay calm?
    Do they have a strong moral compass?
    *Cronbach’s alpha coefficient (α) determines the extent to which the questions consistently measure each trait and it is expressed as a number ranging between 0 and 1 . Higher values indicate higher agreement between questions.  A value of α equal to greater than .7 indicates acceptable reliability or internal consistency.  For more information on the psychometric properties of the solution, please click here.

    Did you Know?

    Source: US Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Median wage: 

    $31,470 / per year

    $15 / hour

    The median annual wage for this profession is $31,470. Nonetheless several professionals may not be paid in that rate. A relatively low salary the 10th percentile of the annual wage is $23,250 whilst a relatively high salary, the 90th percentile of the annual wage is $50,040.

    Expected employment growth:

    Number (in thousands in 2021): 1077.7

    Number (in thousands in 2031): 1114.9

    Employment percent change: 3.4

    Entry Education level:

    To become a security guard, one typically needs a high school diploma or equivalent. Many employers prefer candidates who have completed some training in law enforcement or security, and some may require certification or licensure depending on the state or country where they work. Additionally, security guards must have good communication and observation skills, as well as the ability to remain calm and react quickly in emergency situations.

    Find out the psychometric properties for the Security Guard Traitforward questionnaire