Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 33-9032 Security Guards
Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Lock doors and gates of entrances and exits to secure buildings. Answer alarms and investigate disturbances. Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises. Write reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences. Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates. Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons. Respond to medical emergencies by administering basic first aid or by obtaining assistance from paramedics. Circulate among visitors, patrons, or employees to preserve order and protect property. Warn persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehend or evict violators from premises, using force when necessary. Answer telephone calls to take messages, answer questions, and provide information during non-business hours or when switchboard is closed. Direct or escort pedestrians across streets, stopping traffic as necessary. Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as street and railroad crossings and construction sites. Monitor traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which pedestrians can cross streets. Communicate traffic and crossing rules and other information to students and adults. Direct traffic movement or warn of hazards, using signs, flags, lanterns, and hand signals. Report unsafe behavior of children to school officials. Record license numbers of vehicles disregarding traffic signals, and report infractions to appropriate authorities.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.69   Entry $18,095.00
Mean $12.55   Mean $26,095.00
Experience $14.47 Experience $30,096.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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