There are many types of security guards ranging from unarmed and armed guards, armored truck guards, and estate guards, to private protection agents, bodyguards, PPSO’s, school security officers, and many more. Wherever your specific area of interest may lie in the security field, the need for qualified personnel is rising.
In California, initial training to become a security guard is extremely inexpensive and all-inclusive fees generally range from $170.00 to $200.00. Becoming an armed guard will only set you back about $400.00. Not bad for a profession with so many ways to move up the ladder!
The private security industry is a crucial component of security and safety in the United States and abroad. Today, private security is responsible not only for protecting many of the nation‘s institutions and critical infrastructure systems, but also for protecting intellectual property and sensitive corporate information. U.S. companies also rely heavily on private security for a wide range of functions, including protecting employees and property, conducting investigations, performing pre-employment screening, providing information technology security, and many other functions.
These services are used in a wide range of markets, from commercial to residential. Some companies hire their own security personnel, whereas others contract with security firms for these services or use a mix of services—both proprietary and contract staff.
Many roles traditionally held by police officers are being filled by private security professionals. With many cities and communities seeing cutbacks to their law enforcement personnel, positions like event security and residential patrol have fallen under the realm of private security and for-hire security guards.
Here are the Stats…
The private security industry has been booming since 2010 and is only expected to continue on that path through 2020. Specific occupations within security, like private detectives, investigators and security guards, are all expected to see growth of around 20 percent through the end of the decade, far outpacing the average for all other jobs.
California has the highest security guard employment level in the United States, with almost 10 security professionals per 1000 working professionals employed in security.
Los Angeles–Long Beach–Glendale–California Metropolitan Division is ranked #2 in the United States for Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in the security field.
US demand for private contracted security services is expected to rise 4.2 percent annually through 2019 to $66.9 billion.
For more information about the requirements to get started in this booming field, visit the B.S.I.S. website.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, please visit Close Range Safety Training Academy to view our schedule of BSIS Security Training Classes.