OCCUPATION THESAURUS

SECURITY GUARD



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
Security guards monitor and patrol an area to ensure the safety of those in close proximity and the security of the property. They may be hired directly by the company (such as a bank, casino, night club, apartment complex, hotel, retail store, school, etc.) or work through a company. Some security jobs are stationary (monitoring cameras or guarding an entrance) while others require the guard to patrol an area (on foot, by car or bicycle, etc.). Guards are on the lookout for anyone breaking the law, disturbances that could escalate into violence, or any suspicious activity. They can detain suspects to ask them questions or hold them until the proper authorities arrive.

A guard's duties may include questioning suspects, communicating closely with law enforcement, documenting infractions, testifying in court, and ensuring that all safety and security mechanisms (such as smoke alarms, digital locks, and video cameras) are in working order.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Most security guard positions require a high school diploma to enter the workforce. While no experience in law enforcement is necessary, it's common to find individuals with this specific background working in the field.

Ongoing training in use of force and local laws and statutes is required. Armed guards must become certified and maintain their certification in various training and safety courses associated with carrying a gun.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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SOURCES OF FRICTION:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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