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Career and Education Opportunities for Security Guards in Albuquerque, New Mexico

There are many career and education opportunities for security guards in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. About 7,330 people are currently employed as security guards in New Mexico. By 2016, this is expected to grow 14% to 8,350 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for security guards are expected to grow by about 14.2%. In general, security guards guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.

A person working as a security guard can expect to earn about $10 hourly or $21,760 annually on average in New Mexico and about $11 hourly or $23,460 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Security guards earn less than people working in the category of Police and Security generally in New Mexico and less than people in the Police and Security category nationally. Jobs in this field include: campus security officer, plant security guard, and armored car guard.

There are seventeen schools of higher education in the Albuquerque area, including two within twenty-five miles of Albuquerque where you can get a degree to start your career as a security guard. Security guards usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a security guard if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Security Guard

Security Guard video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, security guards guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.

Security guards track and authorize entrance and departure of employees and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises. Finally, security guards call police or fire departments in cases of emergency.

Every day, security guards are expected to be able to focus attention on specific tasks without being distracted. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for security guards to circulate among visitors or employees to preserve order and protect property. They are often called upon to answer alarms and investigate disturbances. They also write reports of daily efforts and irregularities such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences. They are sometimes expected to patrol industrial or commercial premises to inhibit and detect signs of intrusion and insure security of doors and gates. Somewhat less frequently, security guards are also expected to answer telephone calls to take messages and furnish data during non-business hours or when switchboard is closed.

They also have to be able to operate detecting devices to screen individuals and avoid passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas and escort or drive motor vehicle to move individuals to specified locations or to furnish personal protection. And finally, they sometimes have to operate detecting devices to screen individuals and avoid passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas.

Like many other jobs, security guards must have strong self control in the face of challenging situations and be able to deal with stress and deal with situations calmly.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Albuquerque include:

  • Chief of Police. Supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
  • Correctional Officer. Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institution in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
  • Fire Code Inspector. Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.
  • Transportation Security Officer. Inspect baggage or cargo and screen passengers to detect and prevent potentially dangerous objects from being transported into secure areas or onto aircraft.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Security Guard Training

IIA College - Albuquerque, NM

IIA College, 4201 Central Ave Nw-Ste J, Albuquerque, NM 87105. IIA College is a small college located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 315 students. IIA College has a less than one year program in Security and Loss Prevention Services which graduated seven students in 2008.

University of Phoenix-New Mexico Campus - Albuquerque, NM

University of Phoenix-New Mexico Campus, 5700 Pasadena NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113-1570. University of Phoenix-New Mexico Campus is a small university located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 3,303 students. University of Phoenix-New Mexico Campus has a master's degree program in Securities Services Administration/Management which graduated fourteen students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Corrections Manager - Security Threat Groups: Individuals who head a Security Threat Group (STG) program in an adult or juvenile corrections facility, contribute to the development of agency policies/procedures pertaining to STGs, and are involved in the implementation of these policies/procedures.

For more information, see the American Correctional Association website.

Certified Corrections Supervisor - Security Threat Groups: The American Correctional Association and the National Major Gang Task Force have collaborated to develop within the Corrections Certification Program a Security Threat Group specialization.

For more information, see the American Correctional Association website.

Certified Protection Officer: The CPO program is designed for protection professionals intent on.

For more information, see the International Foundation for Protection Officers website.

LICENSES

Security Guard

Licensing agency: Private Investigations Advisory Board
Address: 2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor, P.O. Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 476-4664
Website: Private Investigations Advisory Board

Security Guard Registration Level 1

Licensing agency: Private Investigations Advisory Board
Address: 2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor, P.O. Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 476-4664
Website: Private Investigations Advisory Board

Security Guard Registration Level 3

Licensing agency: Private Investigations Advisory Board
Address: 2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor, P.O. Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 476-4664
Website: Private Investigations Advisory Board

Securtiy Guard Registration Level 2

Licensing agency: Private Investigations Advisory Board
Address: 2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor, P.O. Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 476-4664
Website: Private Investigations Advisory Board

LOCATION INFORMATION: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico photo by Debernardi

Albuquerque is situated in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. It has a population of over 521,999, which has grown by 16.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Albuquerque, 89, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Albuquerque cost $176,100 on average, which is above the state average. In 2008, 1,067 new homes were built in Albuquerque, down from 2,096 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Albuquerque are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 20 minutes. More than 31.8% of Albuquerque residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Albuquerque is 6.9%, which is less than New Mexico's average of 7.5%.

The percentage of Albuquerque residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 54.7%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. Heights Seventh Day Adventist Church, Hope Church and Baptist Student Union are some of the churches located in Albuquerque. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Non-Charismatic Churches Independent.

Albuquerque is home to the Menaul School Historic District and the Volcano Ranch as well as Cutler Park and Eunice Kaloch Park. Shopping centers in the area include Del Norte Parkade Shopping Center, Westway Shopping Center and Winrock Shopping Center. Visitors to Albuquerque can choose from Winrock Inn-Best Western, New Mexico State Government - Health Department- Behavioral Health Services Divi and Motel 6 for temporary stays in the area.