Security Guards

3.6/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $15.13 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 54% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Social Perceptiveness
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Security Guards' job openings is expected to rise 3.4% by 2031
'Security Guards' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Security Guards' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Security Guards' was $31,470, or $15.13 hourly
'Security Guards' are paid 31.2% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as security guards?

As of 2021 there were 1,057,100 people employed as Security Guards within the United States.
This represents around 0.75% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 133 people are employed as Security Guards.

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: 33-9032.00


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SS (Highly likely) says
It's not even just likely. It's already happening. Look at Knight Scope. Once it becomes affordable to make Boston Dynamics level robots? Game over.

This will probably happen sooner than 20 years. Especially once they get self driving cars scalable and mass adopted.
Jul 02, 2021 at 12:46 AM
D. A. Lambert (Likely) says
Despite the need for security personnel in some industries, there are ongoing efforts to automate security, especially with the rise of cyber security.
Feb 13, 2021 at 11:13 PM
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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