Security guards and related

Security guards and related

NOC
6541

- Security guards and related security service occupations

Guard and implement security measures to protect people or property. They control access, enforce regulations, conduct investigations, and provide other protective services.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

316
 

Median Hourly Wage

$14.00
$11.70
Low
$23.67
High

Median Salary

$23,178
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

1,909
 

% Working Full Time

73%
 

% Working Full Year

63%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

This unit group includes workers who guard and implement security measures to protect property against theft, vandalism and fire, control access to establishments, maintain order and enforce regulations at public events and within establishments, conduct private investigations for clients or employers and provide other protective services not elsewhere classified.

Main Duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
Security guards

  • Control access to establishments, operate security control-room equipment and patrol assigned areas to guard against theft, vandalism and fire
  • Enforce regulations to maintain order and resolve conflicts and to monitor establishment activities
  • Ensure safety and emergency procedures are followed
  • Issue passes and direct visitors to appropriate areas, check age identification of patrons, and perform security checks of passengers and luggage at airports.

Armoured car guards

  • Drive and guard armoured trucks, pick-up and deliver cash and valuables to banks, automated teller machines and retail establishments.

Corporate security officers

  • Investigate unlawful acts of employees or patrons of establishments
  • Recommend security systems such as electronic detection devices and access devices.

Private investigators

  • Conduct investigations to locate missing persons
  • Obtain information for use in civil and criminal litigation matters or for other purposes
  • May also conduct polygraph tests (integrity surveys) for clients.

Retail loss prevention officers

  • Prevent and detect shoplifting and theft in retail establishments.

Also Known As

  • airport security guard
  • alarm investigator
  • armoured car guard
  • automatic teller machine (ATM) guard
  • bodyguard (except police)
  • commissionaire
  • corporate security officer
  • gate attendant - security
  • house detective
  • night guard
  • postal inspection officer
  • preboarding security guard
  • private investigator
  • private security officer
  • retail loss prevention officer
  • security guard
  • store detective
  • theft prevention officer
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • A college diploma in law and security or police technology may be required.
  • Training is provided for airport security guards and establishment-specific training may be provided for security occupations in this unit group.
  • Security guards carrying firearms require a licence.
  • Armoured car drivers require a Valid Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) and a Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC) for both restricted and non-restricted firearms.
  • In Quebec, a permit issued by the S?ret? du Qu?bec is required to work as a private detective or security officer.
  • Corporate security officers may require experience as a police officer.
  • Private investigators require provincial licensure.
  • Responsible beverage service certification is usually required for security staff in establishments serving alcoholic beverages.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

17.9%
Female
82.1%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

10.2%
15-24
12.0%
25-34
14.2%
35-44
20.6%
45-54
25.1%
55-64
17.9%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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11.8%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
44.1%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
8.3%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
29.1%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
6.7%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

57.9%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services
8.7%
Public administration
5.0%
Health care and social assistance
28.4%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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15.50%
Northeast
28.30%
Southeast
29.30%
Southwest
20.50%
Central
6.40%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$18,614
Northeast
$26,152
Southeast
$28,185
Southwest
$27,851
Central
$36,838
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$12.75
$11.70
Low
$29.30
High

Southeast

$14.26
$11.95
Low
$25.00
High

Southwest

$14.05
$11.70
Low
$18.75
High

Central

$13.89
$11.70
Low
$22.05
High

Northwest

$14.03
$11.90
Low
$38.98
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$23,178

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$35,163

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$23,178

Newfoundland

$28,605

Prince Edward Island

$17,642

Nova Scotia

$23,456

Canada

$27,240
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

316
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

26
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

290
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

956
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

49
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

907