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The security industry offers solid, rewarding careers, but a few misconceptions may keep qualified applicants away. In this article, we’ll debunk three of the biggest myths surrounding jobs in the security industry.

Myth #1: There Aren’t Many Jobs for Women.
Many job seekers hear the phrase “security jobs” and think of hulking men with walkie talkies. That’s a false perception. The security industry encompasses so much more than your stereotypical security “guard.” At SOS Security, for example, we offer both male and female job seekers a career path across a wide range of jobs, including patrol officers, global security operations center operators, access control or operations and executive protection—to name just a few—that are open to employees from all educational and job backgrounds.

Our company boasts an almost equal split between male and female officers. We’re also proud to say that several of our female executives began their careers here as security officers. Now is an excellent time for women to join the industry. Although diversity is a top priority in today’s workforce, a 2014 study from the U.S. Department of Labor reported that only 23% of all people working as security guards were women. There may be significant career opportunities for women at companies like SOS Security, which champion diversity in their ranks.

Myth #2: Security Jobs Don’t Pay Well.
Another myth that may keep job seekers away from the security industry is that jobs are low-paying. The truth is the security industry offers wages that far outpace other industry positions available to entry-level workers. At SOS Security, positions such as tactical response officer may pay $20 an hour in many markets, with paid time off, health insurance and retirement investment options. Salaried positions like operations managers are also available to employees who work hard, stay on track and are eager to grow within the company. If you have security certifications and previous military or law-enforcement experience, you’ll find there are many high-paying jobs within the security field, even if you don’t have a degree.

Myth #3: There’s Little Room for Growth.
Let’s face it, the world can be a dangerous place. With shootings and political unrest topping headlines on a near-daily basis, more businesses have grown more reliant on trusted, high-quality security personnel. As we navigate these chaotic times in society, firms across the country are adding support for protection against threats and workplace conflicts. With new industry sectors such critical infrastructures and cannabis, needing increased security, job opportunities are expanding quickly for security professionals, and entry-level job seekers with a proven track record may find themselves with many more options.

Think Again About Jobs in Security
As job seekers, it’s easy to shy away from industries you are unfamiliar with. But the security industry may be worth considering. At SOS Security, we work hard to provide career opportunities for all types of employees at all experience levels. And the competitive pay and benefits may surprise you.

Whether you’re just starting your career journey or considering a career move, we invite you to take a closer look at the security industry before deciding it’s not for you. With salaried positions and good-paying hourly jobs open to workers with experience and aptitude, the security industry may just provide the career path you’ve been looking for.

About Author: SOS Security

Founded in 1969, SOS Security is one of the largest privately-owned security companies in the U.S. with nearly 15,000 security professionals working domestically and around the world through foreign regional joint ventures and strategic partnerships. A proven leader in the security and protective services Industry, SOS Security is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ and has offices throughout the United States and resources servicing over 100 countries.