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6651 Security Guards and Related Occupations

This unit group includes security guards and other related workers who guard property against theft and vandalism, control access to establishments, maintain order and enforce regulations at public events and within establishments. They are employed by private security agencies, retail stores, transportation facilities, residential complexes, educational, financial and health institutions, industrial establishments, cultural establishments, and organizations throughout the private and public sectors.

Example Titles

  • airport security guard
  • armoured car guard
  • bodyguard (except police)
  • bouncer
  • commissionaire
  • crossing guard
  • gate attendant – security
  • night watchman/woman
  • preboarding security guard
  • security guard
  • security officer
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Main duties


Workers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Control access to establishments, issue passes and direct visitors to appropriate areas
  • Attend to persons with special needs
  • Patrol assigned areas, on foot or in vehicles, to guard against theft, shoplifting, vandalism and fire
  • Ensure safety of children crossing roads
  • Check age identification of patrons
  • Enforce regulations of an establishment to maintain order and resolve conflicts
  • Operate security control-room equipment to monitor establishment activities
  • Perform security checks of passengers and luggage at airports
  • Drive and guard armoured trucks and deliver cash and valuables to banks, automated teller machines and retail establishments
  • Ensure that establishment safety and emergency procedures are followed, and respond to fire alarms, bomb threats and other emergencies.
  • Follow radio and emergency telephone procedures.

Employment requirements

  • Some secondary school education is usually required.
  • Armoured car drivers require a driver's licence.
  • Training is provided for airport security guards and establishment-specific training may be provided for other security occupations in this unit group.
  • Security guards carrying firearms require a licence.

Classified elsewhere

  • Correctional Service Officers (6462)
  • Managers of security agencies (in 0123 Other Business Services Managers )
  • Private investigators (in 6465 Other Protective Service Occupations )
  • Supervisors of security guards and related occupations (in 6216 Other Service Supervisors )