Security Guards


Will "Security Guards" be replaced by AI & Robots?

It's highly likely this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. However, workers may be able to take some comfort in the results from our poll, which shows a 58% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Robots are watching

or 84% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $14.27 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 486 out of 707

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People Employed (US)

Median Annual Wage (US)

Job description

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

SOC Code: 33-9032

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Shiro says
What about armed security, are people ready for gun toting robots?
Jul 03, 2020 at 07:56 AM
FutureQuick (Highly likely) says
To all these people saying robots can't do the things they say. You should check out the video of Boston Dynamics Atlas robot doing parkour. just 3 years ago this robot could only pull on strings, now it's doing parkour. This robot is funded by DARPA.
Jun 21, 2020 at 04:31 PM
Sean (Likely) says
We are already seeing security guards being replaced by offsite monitoring in South Africa. This is going to be a major trend in - at least in Southern Africa for the next 10 years.
Jun 06, 2020 at 06:19 PM
Walid says
I think that will be by the year 3000
Apr 30, 2020 at 06:31 AM
Helios (Could go either way) says
Incident response required some physical response so a man is needed. You can’t fully eliminate the need of a guard.
Apr 01, 2020 at 01:09 PM
Happy Limbo says
When it gets dangerous, it will need humans, like in soccer stadiums. They not only keep up order, but influence people into behave themselves.
Feb 26, 2020 at 09:45 PM
G (No chance) says
Totally not robots aren't capable of fighting people or throwing people out of bars or anything like that robots aren't strong and won't be for at least the next 50 years
Jan 22, 2020 at 11:07 AM
scarebot 2.0 (No chance) says
Robots can scare old ladies into a heart attack
Nov 15, 2019 at 05:10 PM
connor mc says
I thought they would have been paid more
Aug 26, 2019 at 02:54 AM
Don Santiago says
I think people would rather have Human Security Guards than Robots . Have you seen iRobot .
Aug 18, 2019 at 03:13 PM

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