Armed security guards provide armed security for their employers, which may range from local stores to government buildings to events that will be highly populated. Armed guards also may be hired or contracted to patrol military installations.
Companies hiring armed security guards vary in their requirements but almost all of those hiring require applicants to be at least 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma or equivalent, have their own transportation, pass a drug screen and have a clean criminal background. Most companies equire a potential employee to possess and maintain a firearms license in their state before considering them for employment. Military veterans and people with prior law enforcement experience are typically given preference.
In addition, an armed security guard must be able to stand for long periods of time. They should be able to work in all types of weather conditions and temperatures. They must possess good communication skills, good vision, and the ability to write and read event logs. At times, armed security guards might have to run and handle physical and/or verbal confrontations. They must be able to evaluate (and stay calm in) stressful situations. Armed security guards work varying hours depending on their employer, but it isn't typically a 9-5 job; many places need security on weekends or in the evenings.
Armed Security Guard Tasks
Protect facilities or private individuals from harm.
May plan routes, pre-search buildings, and perform package inspections for individuals.
Prepare reports, logs, and call for assistance in the event of suspicious activity.