Overall employment of security guards and gaming surveillance officers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by occupation.
Employment of security guards is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Security guards will continue to be needed to protect both people and property because of concerns about crime, vandalism, and terrorism.
Employment of gaming surveillance officers and investigators is projected to decline 7 percent from 2014 to 2024. Although states continue to legalize gambling and casinos continue to grow in number, advances in video surveillance and anti-cheating technology may limit the employment of gaming surveillance officers and investigators.
Overall job opportunities are projected to be excellent, especially for security guards. The large size of the occupation and the number of workers who leave the occupation each year may result in many job openings. However, there will be more competition for higher paying positions that require more training and experience.
Candidates who have experience with video surveillance equipment should have the best job prospects in the gaming industry. Those with a background in law enforcement will also have an advantage.
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Total, all occupations
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers
Protective service occupations
Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program