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What is the Typical Day of a Security Guard?

At the National Investigative Training Academy, Inc. (NITA), our online courses are authored by Security Professionals who have enjoyed rewarding careers. One question they often receive from students at the beginning of their security careers is what is the typical day like for a security guard? Below, our Security Professionals answer that question and more to give prospective students a glimpse into what their future careers may become.

What Makes Up Security Professionals’ Attire and Gear?

Most Security Professionals have set schedules and routines that their lives can be planned around. Security Professionals’ attire ranges from a uniform with a badge or jacket with the label “Security” or “Security Officer” to alert the public of their position, to formal business suits that match the business environment of the persons or property they’re protecting. Others might dress casually to blend in with the crowd while performing surveillance, depending on the situation.

Security Professionals do not carry a firearm unless they have the state-approved license to do so. However, they will carry some form of protection and security that might include a Taser, pepper spray, or handcuffs. As a Security Professional, they need a two-way radio or mobile phone to communicate with others on their team. Additionally, they might carry a notepad, a flashlight, or a digital camera to document theft, vandalism, and suspicious activities in reports.

The attire, gear, and equipment depend entirely on the environment and responsibilities that their security role demands.

What are the Everyday Tasks of Security Professionals?

Most days generally start with reading reports from the shift before and being aware of pending issues that need to be closed, managed, or looked out for throughout the day. Depending on the location you are assigned, your daily tasks might involve:

  • Surveilling security video cameras and Closed-Circuit Television systems to prevent any misconduct
  • Authorizing the entry and exit of visitors, employees, and other individuals to safeguard against theft and ensure the property’s safety
  • Use sensor devices, such as metal detectors, to screen people and stop prohibited items from passing into restricted areas  
  • Creating reports when incidents arise, such as property or equipment damage, theft, unauthorized persons’ access, or suspicious activity, materials, or people
  • Making rounds, circulating in the areas they are responsible for and among visitors, employees, or patrons to maintain order and safeguard the premises
  • Patrolling manufacturing or commercial properties to prevent indications of trespassing or vandalism while securing doors, windows, and gates


When incidents arise, or anything is found out of the ordinary, Security Professionals may detain offenders and contact the relevant authorities to take the necessary steps. 

What Tasks Do Security Professionals Perform Weekly or Monthly?

Depending on the type of position, Security Professionals often perform tasks that must be completed every week or month, including:

  • Respond to alarms and investigate intrusions or suspicious activity
  • Escort or drive individuals to transport and provide personal protection
  • Examine and adjust security equipment or systems to ensure operational use


Depending on the environment and type of work you pursue, your career as a Security Professional will include various tasks that will keep you on your toes and provide essential safety measures and peace of mind to the people around you.

Enroll in NITA’s Online Security Professional Training 

It is essential for Security Professionals to maintain their professional growth and understand new methods or technologies in the industry. Every day is different from the next, and there is no shortage of opportunities for advancements.

At the National Investigative Training Academy, Inc. (NITA), we provide high-quality professional development courses that include training on bomb threat awareness, crowd control, and field notes and report writing. These courses are written by industry experts and are designed to benefit your security career.If you are interested in pursuing a career as a Security Professional, enroll in online training classes today by completing our contact form or calling 1-800-730-NITA.

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