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SPORTING EVENT SECURITY GUARD, IN-DEPTH: I Get To Watch Sports For A Living

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This security guard describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and his work-life balance. His favorite part of the job is being able to watch sports games in person now instead of just watching it on TV, and to top it off he's paid for it as well.

Job Title: Security Guard

Job Summary: Security Guard, Gaming Surveillance Officers and Investigators

Job Description

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and inspect property against fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity. They monitor people and buildings in an effort to prevent crime.

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers typically do the following:

-Protect and enforce laws on an employer’s property
-Monitor alarms and closed-circuit TV cameras
-Control access for employees, visitors, and outside contractors
-Conduct security checks over a specified area
-Write comprehensive reports outlining what they observed while on patrol
-Interview witnesses for later court testimony
-Detain criminal violators

On-the-Job Training

Medium amount of on-the-job training can be expected initially.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by ASIS International.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
16 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Long hours, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Military, Outdoor, Physically demanding, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Courageous, Strength/stamina

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m='11550'>to</span> <span m='11640'>go</span> <span m='12130'>and</span> <span m='12450'>watch</span> <span m='12770'>the</span> <span m='12880'>games</span> <span m='13310'>in</span> <span m='13410'>person.</span> <span m='14180'>That's</span> <span m='14420'>what</span> <span m='14620'>I</span> <span m='14660'>really</span> <span m='14970'>love.</span> </p><p><span m='15900'>The</span> <span m='16000'>hardest</span> <span m='16460'>part</span> <span m='16680'>about</span> <span m='16970'>my</span> <span m='17200'>job</span> <span m='17710'>is</span> <span m='20960'>sometimes,</span> <span m='21400'>I'll</span> <span m='21620'>tell you,</span> <span m='21960'>was</span> <span m='22220'>standing</span> <span m='22580'>up for</span> <span m='22860'>a whole</span> <span m='23266'>eight</span> <span m='23672'>hours,</span> <span m='24080'>just</span> <span m='24450'>standing</span> <span m='24850'>there</span> <span m='25170'>in one</span> <span m='25460'>place.</span> <span m='26990'>My</span> <span m='27180'>legs</span> <span m='27670'>start</span> <span m='28160'>hurting.</span> <span m='28650'>I start</span> <span m='29000'>getting tired.</span> </p><p><span m='30420'>Especially</span> <span m='30670'>if</span> <span m='30770'>we</span> <span m='30860'>don't</span> <span m='31190'>bring</span> <span m='31400'>our lunch,</span> <span m='31860'>we</span> <span m='32060'>smell</span> <span m='32460'>all that</span> <span m='32689'>food</span> <span m='33600'>and</span> <span m='33890'>you</span> <span m='33960'>start</span> <span m='34270'>getting</span> <span m='34745'>hungry.</span> <span m='35220'>And</span> <span m='35320'>people</span> <span m='35610'>walking</span> <span m='35820'>past</span> <span m='35900'>you</span> <span m='36410'>with</span> <span m='36610'>all</span> <span m='36920'>types</span> <span m='37230'>of</span> <span m='37310'>food</span> <span m='37690'>all</span> <span m='37940'>day, and</span> <span m='38350'>I'm just</span> <span m='38420'>standing</span> <span m='38840'>there</span> <span m='40220'>starving.</span> <span m='40580'>So</span> <span m='40740'>I</span> <span m='40800'>learned</span> <span m='41210'>to</span> <span m='41410'>bring</span> <span m='41570'>a</span> <span m='41870'>lunch</span> <span m='42170'>now.</span> <span m='43860'>But</span> <span m='44140'>that</span> <span m='44620'>was</span> <span m='44790'>the</span> <span m='44860'>most</span> <span m='45310'>hard</span> <span m='45635'>part</span> <span m='46250'>about</span> <span m='46520'>it</span> <span m='46620'>was</span> <span m='46840'>all</span> <span m='47040'>the good</span> <span m='47450'>food</span> <span m='48120'>walking</span> <span m='48580'>past</span> <span m='49010'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='50610'>One</span> <span m='50780'>of the</span> <span m='50870'>key decisions</span> <span m='51210'>I</span> <span m='51350'>made</span> <span m='51940'>was</span> <span m='52240'>going</span> <span m='52540'>to that</span> <span m='52790'>class</span> <span m='53125'>with</span> <span m='53460'>Patricia.</span> <span m='54410'>And</span> <span m='54750'>she</span> <span m='55050'>was</span> <span m='55350'>begging</span> <span m='55680'>me,</span> <span m='55840'>Shawn,</span> <span m='56090'>come</span> <span m='56460'>to</span> <span m='56570'>the</span> <span m='56670'>class.</span> <span m='57120'>I'm</span> <span m='57280'>like,</span> <span m='57520'>no,</span> <span m='57840'>I</span> <span m='58020'>don't want</span> <span m='58400'>to be</span> <span m='58590'>in no</span> <span m='58820'>class.</span> <span m='59260'>But</span> <span m='59660'>like I</span> <span m='60060'>said,</span> <span m='60720'>I</span> <span m='60800'>listened</span> <span m='61080'>to</span> <span m='61420'>her,</span> <span m='61470'>and</span> <span m='61670'>that was</span> <span m='61790'>a key</span> <span m='62020'>decision</span> <span m='62480'>I</span> <span m='62530'>made</span> <span m='62930'>was</span> <span m='63070'>me</span> <span m='63500'>going</span> <span m='63840'>to</span> <span m='63880'>that</span> <span m='64140'>parenting</span> <span m='64560'>class</span> <span m='66160'>to</span> <span m='66440'>catch</span> <span m='66670'>up</span> <span m='66850'>on</span> <span m='67060'>my</span> <span m='67320'>skills</span> <span m='67440'>about</span> <span m='67810'>being</span> <span m='68020'>a parent.</span> <span m='68600'>But</span> <span m='69050'>also</span> <span m='69310'>all the</span> <span m='69380'>blessing</span> <span m='69830'>that</span> <span m='70040'>came</span> <span m='70590'>with</span> <span m='70860'>it--</span> <span m='72360'>that's</span> <span m='72620'>what</span> <span m='72770'>it</span> <span m='72820'>was.</span> </p><p><span m='73200'>The</span> <span m='73410'>key</span> <span m='73640'>decision</span> <span m='73980'>was</span> <span m='74150'>me</span> <span m='74490'>listening</span> <span m='74840'>to</span> <span m='74970'>her</span> <span m='75890'>and</span> <span m='76060'>helping.</span> <span m='76360'>She was</span> <span m='76500'>like,</span> <span m='76950'>Shawn,</span> <span m='78120'>the</span> <span m='78290'>parenting</span> <span m='78545'>class</span> <span m='78800'>is</span> <span m='78950'>helping</span> <span m='79320'>us</span> <span m='79500'>to</span> <span m='79580'>be</span> <span m='79830'>a</span> <span m='79890'>good</span> <span m='80170'>parent</span> <span m='80660'>before</span> <span m='80830'>we</span> <span m='81010'>have</span> <span m='81300'>the</span> <span m='81390'>baby.</span> <span m='81890'>Because</span> <span m='82140'>we</span> <span m='82240'>went to</span> <span m='82410'>the</span> <span m='82520'>parenting</span> <span m='82870'>class</span> <span m='83120'>before</span> <span m='83400'>we</span> <span m='83550'>had</span> <span m='83840'>our</span> <span m='83980'>daughter.</span> <span m='84800'>So</span> <span m='85070'>he's like,</span> <span m='85320'>this</span> <span m='85550'>will</span> <span m='85690'>help</span> <span m='85930'>you</span> <span m='86100'>be</span> <span m='86360'>a</span> <span m='86440'>better</span> <span m='86740'>father.</span> <span m='87570'>And</span> <span m='87920'>so it</span> <span m='88390'>really</span> <span m='88790'>has,</span> <span m='89260'>because now</span> <span m='89600'>it's helped</span> <span m='89950'>me a</span> <span m='90300'>better</span> <span m='91260'>father</span> <span m='91730'>as far as</span> <span m='92480'>supporting</span> <span m='92830'>her</span> <span m='93180'>now,</span> <span m='94860'>so</span> <span m='95130'>that's</span> <span m='95340'>what</span> <span m='95550'>that is.</span> </p><p><span m='96740'>Yes,</span> <span m='97300'>I'd</span> <span m='97790'>say</span> <span m='98050'>it's hard.</span> <span m='101610'>I</span> <span m='102070'>want to</span> <span m='102340'>say</span> <span m='102510'>that</span> <span m='102810'>if I</span> <span m='103130'>didn't</span> <span m='103220'>go to that</span> <span m='103440'>parenting</span> <span m='103750'>class I</span> <span m='103990'>wouldn't</span> <span m='104210'>have</span> <span m='104360'>a</span> <span m='104420'>job</span> <span m='104740'>today,</span> <span m='105380'>because</span> <span m='105730'>I</span> <span m='105800'>don't think</span> <span m='106030'>I probably</span> <span m='106280'>would.</span> <span m='106880'>Because</span> <span m='107170'>it</span> <span m='107660'>is</span> <span m='107760'>hard</span> <span m='108150'>trying</span> <span m='108470'>to</span> <span m='108790'>find a</span> <span m='108910'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='109970'>This</span> <span m='110450'>is</span> <span m='110500'>sort</span> <span m='110800'>of</span> <span m='110860'>like</span> <span m='111160'>this</span> <span m='111450'>job's</span> <span m='111740'>changing</span> <span m='112160'>me,</span> <span m='112460'>like</span> <span m='112810'>watching.</span> <span m='113630'>Sometimes</span> <span m='114050'>you</span> <span m='114110'>got</span> <span m='114210'>to</span> <span m='114270'>put</span> <span m='114450'>in your</span> <span m='114820'>footwork</span> <span m='115880'>to</span> <span m='115990'>go</span> <span m='116150'>get a</span> <span m='116370'>job. Or</span> <span m='116720'>sometimes</span> <span m='117180'>you</span> <span m='117260'>want</span> <span m='117430'>to</span> <span m='117480'>sit</span> <span m='117740'>back</span> <span m='117950'>and</span> <span m='118020'>watch</span> <span m='118280'>more</span> <span m='118550'>people</span> <span m='118640'>come</span> <span m='118890'>bring</span> <span m='119050'>you a</span> <span m='119550'>job.</span> <span m='120090'>So</span> <span m='120560'>it's sort of</span> <span m='121030'>like</span> <span m='121120'>somebody</span> <span m='121300'>came</span> <span m='121760'>and brought</span> <span m='121980'>me</span> <span m='122110'>a</span> <span m='122260'>job--</span> <span m='122580'>I</span> <span m='122680'>didn't have</span> <span m='122890'>to</span> <span m='122950'>go</span> <span m='123130'>out</span> <span m='123410'>and</span> <span m='123810'>search</span> <span m='124135'>for it,</span> <span m='124460'>and</span> <span m='124900'>it's</span> <span m='125220'>a</span> <span m='125290'>cool,</span> <span m='125620'>fun</span> <span m='126120'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='127070'>And</span> <span m='127460'>I also</span> <span m='128100'>hooked</span> <span m='128300'>up</span> <span m='128570'>a</span> <span m='128650'>lot</span> <span m='128860'>of</span> <span m='128930'>people</span> <span m='129300'>after</span> <span m='129610'>me.</span> <span m='129940'>So</span> <span m='130370'>I put</span> <span m='130840'>a lot of</span> <span m='131120'>people</span> <span m='131580'>on</span> <span m='132530'>with</span> <span m='132880'>the</span> <span m='133230'>job after</span> <span m='133680'>I got</span> <span m='133870'>the job,</span> <span m='134000'>because</span> <span m='134620'>I</span> <span m='135110'>passed</span> <span m='135440'>the</span> <span m='135560'>blessing</span> <span m='135750'>on.</span> <span m='136120'>Somebody</span> <span m='136320'>passed it</span> <span m='136710'>to</span> <span m='136730'>me,</span> <span m='137030'>I</span> <span m='137070'>like</span> <span m='137280'>to</span> <span m='137370'>pass it</span> <span m='137790'>on.</span> </p><p><span m='139160'>Well,</span> <span m='139490'>luckily,</span> <span m='140340'>I</span> <span m='140500'>don't</span> <span m='140620'>have</span> <span m='140790'>to</span> <span m='140860'>work</span> <span m='141360'>every</span> <span m='141730'>day</span> <span m='142060'>because</span> <span m='143280'>I</span> <span m='143500'>work</span> <span m='143980'>only the</span> <span m='144280'>time</span> <span m='144570'>they have</span> <span m='144850'>games.</span> <span m='145190'>And</span> <span m='145270'>since they</span> <span m='145680'>don't</span> <span m='145790'>have</span> <span m='146010'>games</span> <span m='146330'>every</span> <span m='146610'>day</span> <span m='146910'>here.</span> <span m='147060'>Like</span> <span m='147270'>now</span> <span m='147520'>it's</span> <span m='147710'>really</span> <span m='148040'>basketball</span> <span m='148810'>season</span> <span m='149690'>and</span> <span m='150130'>so</span> <span m='150330'>there</span> <span m='150430'>are a</span> <span m='150750'>lot of</span> <span m='151030'>basketball</span> <span m='151640'>games,</span> <span m='153950'>but</span> <span m='154210'>it's</span> <span m='154450'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='157600'>I</span> <span m='157640'>love</span> <span m='157890'>my</span> <span m='158050'>family.</span> <span m='158390'>But</span> <span m='158730'>sometimes</span> <span m='158920'>I need a</span> <span m='159420'>little</span> <span m='159790'>bit</span> <span m='160055'>of</span> <span m='160320'>space</span> <span m='160530'>to</span> <span m='160630'>myself,</span> <span m='162260'>and</span> <span m='162660'>that's</span> <span m='162960'>the</span> <span m='163070'>only</span> <span m='163410'>time</span> <span m='163680'>I would</span> <span m='163840'>get is</span> <span m='164320'>when I</span> <span m='164480'>go</span> <span m='164670'>to</span> <span m='164740'>work.</span> <span m='165370'>But</span> <span m='165640'>I know</span> <span m='165900'>I'm going</span> <span m='166110'>outside</span> <span m='166610'>for a</span> <span m='166850'>good</span> <span m='167120'>reason</span> <span m='167540'>and a</span> <span m='167820'>good cause,</span> <span m='168370'>not</span> <span m='168560'>just</span> <span m='168710'>to</span> <span m='168800'>go</span> <span m='168970'>outside</span> <span m='169400'>to</span> <span m='169510'>hang</span> <span m='169780'>out</span> <span m='169960'>or anything.</span> <span m='170220'>I'm</span> <span m='170480'>going</span> <span m='170650'>outside</span> <span m='171620'>to</span> <span m='171790'>support</span> <span m='172310'>my</span> <span m='172570'>family.</span> </p>","file":{"id":356126,"video_id":"3203393263001","name":"2003-Shawn-p-SecurityGuard2 In-depth","duration":173918,"thumbnail_url":null}});