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Security Services
Curriculum code 1307
Course Requirements                   Public Service Web Site

This eleven-credit hour Security Services certificate program provides students with basic training in security services. While completing coursework, students can also complete non-credit industry security-related certification: a 20-hour Unarmed Security non-credit industry certification and a 40-hour Armed Security Guard non-credit industry certification. Students must be 21 years of age to complete the 40-hour Armed Security Guard non-credit industry certification.

Students who complete the Security Services certificate program may use all completed credit hours to pursue the related Criminal justice A.A.S. degree. See the college catalog or Career Program worksheet for the Criminal Justice program required and elective courses.

This certificate program requires fewer credit hours to complete than an associate's degree and is intended to lead to immediate employment. Students considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program should make an appointment with an academic advisor to review options.

Nature of Work—Individuals with private security training work in occupations concerned with guarding property from illegal entry, fire or theft, as well as enforcing safety regulations.

Moraine Valley's program recognizes the need to provide quality security education for many specialty areas, including:

  • guard services, contract, proprietary

  • transportation, railroads, airports, transit authorities

  • commerce, hotels, office buildings, financial institutions

  • health care institutions, hospitals

  • retail, shopping centers, malls, stores

  • industrial, public and private utilities

  • special events, civic centers, fairs, exhibits

  • government, government buildings, public housing

  • schools, elementary, secondary, college

Related Job Titles—Armored-car guard, airline security representative, bodyguard, security guard, merchant patroller, store detective, shopping investigator, house officer, patroller

Employment Outlook—Opportunities for security guards and gaming surveillance officers should be favorable. Numerous job openings will stem from employment growth attributable to the desire for increased security, and from the need to replace those who leave this large occupation each year. In addition to full-time job opportunities, the limited training requirements and flexible hours attract many persons seeking part-time or second jobs. However, competition is expected for higher paying positions that require longer periods of training. These positions are usually found at facilities that require a high level of security, such as nuclear power plants or weapons installations.

Employment of security guards and gaming surveillance officers is expected to grow by 14% between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations as concern about crime, vandalism and terrorism continue to increase the need for security. Demand for guards also will grow as private security firms increasingly perform duties, such as monitoring crowds at airports and providing security in courts, which were formerly handled by government police officers and marshals. Because enlisting the services of a security guard firm is easier and less costly than assuming direct responsibility for hiring, training, and managing a security guard force, job growth is expected to be concentrated among contract security guard agencies. Casinos will continue to hire more surveillance officers as more states legalize gambling and the number of casinos increases in states where gambling is already legal. Additionally, casino security forces will employ more technically trained personnel as technology becomes increasingly important in thwarting casino cheating and theft.

Earnings—The Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics reports median annual earnings of security guards were $24,380. The middle 50 percent earned between $19,150 and $30,100. Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators had median annual earnings of $30,680 in 2010. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2011 www.bls.gov/oco (Security Guards) The median salary in Chicago for security services is $30,485. Salaries range between $22,985 to $38,385. Source: Salary.com

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Student Services Center, S202, (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

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