Security Officer Hiring on the Rise

The Good News & The Good News

Jul 3, 2018

If you're considering a career in security, ask yourself two questions: Which type of security officer do you want to be, and what industry do you prefer.

You can work in just about any industry as a security officer. To give you an idea of the possibilities, here's an overview of a few options, types of industry, and type of positions available.  

Outlook of the Security Business  

Now, more than ever, security personnel are in demand. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over one million people work in this field.   News from the Campus Safety Conference 2018 reported that the private security business will "expand to approximately $68 billion through 2019 in the United States, constituting a 5% jump in demand." Security services will hold the leading share of revenue through 2019.

 A list of various positions in the security sector to consider, follow:

Types of Security Professionals  

  • Unarmed Security Officers: The most common type of security personnel, provide on-site presence at a location, patrol locations, monitor electronic systems, and respond to various threats, act as deterrents to thwart any criminal activity
  • Armed Security Officers: Provide highest level of protection for businesses, highly trained and licensed to carry lethal weapons, and more equipped to handle potentially violent situations
  • Virtual Security Officers: Tech savvy, off-site protection with monitoring devices in place such as cameras, and electronic sensors, service available 24/7, able to patrol areas virtually and activate alarms when necessary
  •  Corporate Security Officers: Standard or specialized training for the corporate setting, can work well with employees at the premise, handle inter-office disputes, perform regular duties and day-to-day responsibilities
  •  Warehouse Security Officers: Also known as storage security, skilled in access control, protect the contents of a building or facility, proficient in using monitoring devices and electronic detection systems  
  • Bodyguards: The absolute highest caliber guard used to protect VIPs, executives, famous people, professional athletes, and politicians. These guards are armed and require advanced specialized training.  

Industries That Employ Security Personnel  

A sampling of industries that hire specialized security personnel follow. 

  • Schools
  • Banks/Armored cars
  • Retail Malls
  • Airports
  • Art galleries and museums
  • Courthouses
  • Libraries
  • Casinos  

In summary, if you are considering a security career, you're at the right place at the right time. The industry is strong with endless employment possibilities and opportunities. Additionally, you can further research the field and industries and learn about the requirements for each type of position.

Check out our other post, "7 Hot Tips for Security Officers" to learn more.  

Security officers play an essential role the industries they serve. If you’re considering this field, visit Lofton Staffing. Our security division specializes in armed and unarmed services for many industries. We’ll connect you with the position that best fits your experience, skills, and goals. Contact us today.    


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