Security is an area of the free market concerned with preventing harm done to individuals and property. Usually, a private individual or company hires security guards or independent security contractors to physically protect persons or property or install equipment. While other members of the security team or security company are busy guarding persons or property, the security assistant fulfills a vital administrative role that keeps the security company functioning properly.
Security assistants oversee the processing of fellow security personnel and visitors within an organization. All visitors must be logged in and a record must be kept of their entrance, according to General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). Whenever there is a security issue or whenever security is compromised, the security assistant is responsible for informing all personnel.
An assistant may also perform inventory of all equipment. He will contact the appropriate maintenance and repair workers whenever a piece of security equipment is not functioning. All security containers and documents must be processed and properly marked, and this a task assistants carry out. The security assistant also performs other duties when asked, according to GDIT. In some cases, the security assistant reviews job applications and performs background checks to make sure that no member has a criminal background, according to Alutiiq LLC.
While security company personnel are often exposed to dangers, the security assistant is mostly shielded from such situations. However, there might be some risk involved when processing visitors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, security assistants usually work eight-hour shifts that may rotate or change. Security companies usually operate around the clock.
A prospective security assistant needs background knowledge in security techniques and procedures, but some of this training will take place on the job. Private security training schools are available that teach security techniques. Some colleges offer training programs such as Kaplan University, according to Education-Portal. Some security assistants will need to have a top secret security clearance, something they can sometimes earn after time in the position, though they sometimes must apply for it before they get the job. Security clearance applicants undergo background checks conducted by the federal government that can take up to a year and are then notified if they qualify for security clearance. Security assistants must possess communication and interpersonal skills, since they must frequently communicate information throughout the company. Any electronic databases a security firm keeps will need to be maintained by assistants who must be trained in these technologies. It is rare that a security assistant can gain employment in the field with a criminal record, according to GDIT.
The need for security services is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Much of the growth is driven by residential neighborhoods employing more private security to make up for limitations in police security. Also, hospitals and nursing homes often employ security personnel. These institutions are growing due to an aging baby boomer population.
Salary.com reported that the median earnings for security shift assistants at casinos earned a median salary of $37,973. The lowest 25 percent earned less than $31,148, while the highest 10 percent earned more than $45,922.