Security Guards 


Security guards and other related workers guard property against theft and vandalism, control access to establishments, maintain order and enforce regulations at public events and within establishments.


Work: Their duties may require them to: , Issue passes to control access to facilities and direct visitors to appropriate areas; Patrol assigned areas to guard against theft, shoplifting, vandalism, and fire; Enforce regulations to maintain order at public events; Operate security control room equipment to monitor activities; Perform airport security checks of passengers/luggage; Drive and guard armoured trucks and deliver cash/valuables to banks, automated teller machines, and retail organizations; Ensure safety/emergency procedures are followed in response to fire alarms, bomb threats, and other emergencies.

Title Examples: Armoured Car Driver, Bodyguard, Gate Attendant, Night Watchman/Woman, Security Guard, Security Patrolman/Woman, Vault Custodian

Useful Secondary School subjects: Physical Education, Social Studies, English

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma, Post-diploma

Requirements: In general, you usually need a high school diploma. , To be an airport security guard, you receive training from your employer. , 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. , If you are required to carry a firearm, you need a gun licence. , To be an armoured car driver, you need a driver's licence. , With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a senior security guard or supervisor. , Many recent entrants have a community college diploma.

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