Oregon Security Guard Training

Career Profiles

There are opportunities in the state of Oregon for those looking for a career as a security guard. Some of the tasks and responsibilities one can look forward to here are to authorize entrance to private business areas, dealing with the public and crowd control, patrolling industrial or commercial premises to prevent theft, report threats from fire and dangerous weather conditions, and monitoring high tech security equipment to record evidence of and stop criminal activity.

Job Outlook

In 2011, the state of Oregon payed entry-level security guards at a higher rate than the national average while falling short of that mark for more experienced armed guards. The median annual wage was $25,100 and prospects look good for the future with a growth rate of 8% seen for the next few years as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Location

Pay
Period

2011

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States

Hourly

$8.30

$9.42

$11.49

$14.97

$20.13

Yearly

$17,300

$19,600

$23,900

$31,100

$41,900

Oregon

Hourly

$9.14

$10.08

$12.09

$15.77

$18.79

Yearly

$19,000

$21,000

$25,100

$32,800

$39,100

United States

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2010

2020

Security Guards

1,035,700

1,230,700

+19%

35,950

Oregon

Employment

Percent
Change

Job Openings 1

2008

2018

Security Guards

7,830

8,480

+8%

230


License Requirements to be a Security Guard in Oregon

In the state of Oregon, both armed and unarmed security guards must be licensed to work in the state. All of the training and application requirements must be fulfilled before a license will be issued. Some of the basic requirements that must be met include:

  • applicant must be at least 18 years of age, 21 years for an armed security guard

  • applicant must be a United States citizen or legal resident

  • must be mentally competent

  • must NOT have any felony convictions

  • must NOT have any drug alcohol dependence

  • must NOT have any disabilities that would impair job performance

  • must submit to a fingerprint background check

To get a copy of the fingerprint card that click here.

Armed security guards must pass a 24 hour course of basic armed training with a certified instructor and must pass a firearms test. A list of certified instructors from which to choose can be found by clicking here. License fees are $130 and training fees can vary by the instructor. To get any questions on the subject answered you may take a look at the top list of frequently asked questions by clicking here.

Transferring a License to Another State

License requirements vary from state to state. However, it is very unlikely an Oregon security guard license will transfer to another state. Some states require no license at all so experience gained in this state may help the applicant secure a higher paying job. Check with the Department of Public Security in your state of relocation to find out everything you need to know about license transfers.

Helpful Resources

State of Oregon Fingerprint Card

Frequently Asked Questions about the Oregon Security Guard License Process

State of Oregon Web Site