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Security Guards and Related Occupations

What they do?

Workers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Drive and guard armoured trucks and deliver cash and valuables to banks, automated teller machines and retail establishments

B. Ensure that establishment safety and emergency procedures are followed, and respond to fire alarms, bomb threats and other emergencies.

C. Follow radio and emergency telephone procedures.

D. Control access to establishments, issue passes and direct visitors to appropriate areas

E. Attend to persons with special needs

F. Patrol assigned areas, on foot or in vehicles, to guard against theft, shoplifting, vandalism and fire

G. Ensure safety of children crossing roads

Where they find work?

1. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 58.0%
2. Public administration - 11.0%
3. Arts entertainment and recreation - 5.0%
4. Health care and social assistance - 4.0%
5. Accommodation and food services - 4.0%
6. Educational services - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma.

2. To be an airport security guard, you receive training from your employer.

3. If you work as a security guard for the federal government, you must be trained to Canadian General Standards Board standards. People in other security/guarding occupations may also get training.

4. If you are required to carry a firearm, you need a gun licence.

5. To be an armoured car driver, you need a driver's licence.

6. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a senior security guard or supervisor.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Physical Education
3. Social Studies

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Security Guards and Related Occupations is $12.53/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are close to the average for all labouring and elemental occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Security Guards and Related Occupations wages

Expected Wage by Age

Security Guards and Related Occupations Wage By Age

Unemployment:

6% of Security Guards and Related Occupations are unemployed. This rate is below the average for labouring and elemental occupations.

Unemployment

Security Guards and Related Occupations Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Security Guards and Related Occupations Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Security Guards and Related Occupations is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($12.53) are below the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is also below average.

3. The unemployment rate (6%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average because the security is now a high priority for business/government.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (41%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Safety procedures

2. Assessing situations

3. Dealing with the public

Part Time Workers

Security Guards and Related Occupations Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


25% of Security Guards and Related Occupations are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 102,700 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 32% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Security Guards and Related Occupations Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively high percentage of younger workers suggests more entry-level positions and jobs that may serve as stepping stones in a career. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average age of workers (40).

Self Employed

Security Guards and Related Occupations Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 1% of Security Guards and Related Occupations are self-employed. This is considered Below average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Security Guards and Related Occupations Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


26% of the individuals employed as Security Guards and Related Occupations are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.