Employment of security guards is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Security guards will be needed to protect both people and property. This occupation is expected to add 195,000, a large number of jobs, over the 2010–2020 decade. Concern about crime, vandalism, and terrorism continue to increase the need for security. Demand should be strong in the private sector as private security firms take over some of the work police officers used to do.
Employment of transportation security screeners is expected to grow by 10 percent, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for TSA screeners, who work for the federal government, will stem from transportation security concerns.
Employment of gaming surveillance officers is expected to grow by 9 percent, slower than the average for all occupations. As gambling continues to be legalized in more states and casinos grow in number, gaming surveillance officers will see additional job openings.
Technological advances will continue to create demand for casino security guards who have knowledge of computers and video surveillance equipment.
Job opportunities for security guards will stem from growing demand for various forms of security.
Additional opportunities will be due to turnover. Although many people are attracted to part time positions because of the limited training requirements, there will be more competition for higher paying positions that require more training.
Those with related work experience, such as a background in law enforcement, and those with computer and technology skills should find the best job prospects.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition