Part Time Security Jobs
When you need to make a little extra money on the side, you may be able to do it by working part-time security jobs. There are many places that offer such positions, and it often does not take much to qualify – especially if it is an unarmed security job.
Sometimes employers are not able to get full-time security guards, so they are willing to accept part-time security guards, or offer seasonal jobs. This enables them to offer some flexibility in the position. Even the government often has such positions available, although it will be harder to qualify for them.
Part-Time Security Jobs with the Government
One of the most common positions that the government offers for part-time security jobs is jobs with the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). This agency is part of Homeland Security and it is responsible for providing security for all forms of transportation in the United States and its territories. It is especially known for providing airport security.
Other security guard companies may also provide part-time security job opportunities working with government facilities and bases. Corporations also will hire some part-time guards, giving you the opportunity to earn extra money, and maybe even make a career of it later.
Responsibilities of Part-Time Security Guards
Tasks of a part-time security guard will vary, but they are largely responsible to ensure the protection and security of a building or area, or both. It may require simply watching monitors, or actually roving the premises. When an incident arises, the guard will be responsible to investigate and to do what is necessary to secure the area, which may involve physical action, or calling the police.
Qualifications of Part-Time Security Guards
All guard candidates need to be able to work well with the staff and with the public. They must be sociable and be able to remain calm in difficult situations. As far as education is concerned, most places only require a high school diploma or GED, but may also require a couple of years of experience in security, or in the military. Some computer skills will also be needed, and you will have to be able to pass a criminal background check. You will probably also be required to know CPR and other first aid techniques.
Some employers prefer to use police officers who are able to provide greater authority in a security situation. They retain their authority while on the job if they are working in their normal jurisdiction.
Sports stadiums are another place that offers part-time security jobs. Guards are needed to ensure safety of the fans, as well as team members and others. Security guard companies usually contract the event. This could be a perfect way to make a living while moonlighting.
Quick Facts About Part-Time Security Positions
Title: Security Guard
- Certification as a security guard; firearms training if position is armed.
- Military experience, or law enforcement experience is necessary for some positions.
- A security clearance may be needed, including at TSA jobs (may take up to two years to get). Students looking to get into an internship need to be able to pass a background investigation.
Education: High School Diploma or GED.
Tasks May Include: Securing areas, protecting people, using devices to screen people, investigate and assist in emergencies, write reports of all occurrences, etc. Security guards can expect to work some weekends and possibly some double shifts.
Salary: Full-time unarmed security guards earn an average of $19,000 per year; armed guards earn an average of $30,000.