Security jobs involve the protection of person and property from damage or danger. For the most part, security workers are hired as a deterrent rather than an actively seeking out potential problems or bad behaviour. Bouncer’s work, for example, has taken a huge shift over the last decade; where they were once seen as hired muscle, their role is almost one of hospitality, ensuring patrons feel safe and are enjoying themselves.
With the rise of technology and the changing geopolitical landscape, the security industry has vastly expanded and is hugely varied. Companies are just as concerned with the safe transport of their wares as they are with cyber security and the privacy of their patents.
Regardless of the area of security being entered, professionals in the security industry must be highly aware of their environment and have a full understanding of the dangers involved in their work. This is applicable in both the real and digital worlds.
Teamwork is vital in the occupation, as is the ability to effectively communicate and execute orders, due to the high-risk nature of the work.
Empathy and a basic understanding of human psychology are also extremely important, as being able to predict behaviour allows security professionals to react more quickly or pre-emptively prevent negative actions from occurring.
Those wanting to get into the security industry must have completed formal secondary education and undergone both specialised training in their field (eg dog-handling for security dog handlers). On top of this, they must obtain security qualifications, which normally come in the form of certificates, from their local government educations centres (like a TAFE).
Roles and salary expectations
What does a security guard do?
Security guards are private citizens paid to protect property, assets and people, as well as perform crowd control, or at higher levels of experience, advise clients on how best to protect themselves and their valuables.
Security guard salary: 37,000 to 59,000 per year.
What does a locksmith do?
Locksmiths work with physical locks (like keyholes) and digital locks (security systems), as well as on safes and other safe-keeping devices. They also perform house and business visits when clients or customers have locked themselves out of their homes or place of work.