With an increasing need to protect property and employees, the Bay Area growth of job opportunities in the private security industry is expected to continue through 2014. While general requirements to become a security guard don’t require a college degree, many guards acquire valuable experience in law enforcement, which can provide a stepping stone for promotions, funding for higher education and employment into other law enforcement agencies. Duke Bunag, CEO and owner of Delta Special Services, offers the following career advice for people interested in pursuing a career in security services and law enforcement.
What is your current position and educational background?
“I am the CEO and owner of Delta Special Services. I have a background in reserve police training and bail fugitive recovery.”
What job advice can you offer to individuals interested in a career in security services?
“My advice for individuals interested in doing security would be to make sure you have a clear background, which means no felony convictions. If hired by a security firm, make sure you take every advantage of the special training offered so you can progress in this industry. This industry has always been thought of as a group of underpaid and under-educated individuals who lack training or care for the job. There is a way to get the training you need to progress.”
Do you expect added growth in security services this year?
“I do expect added growth in the security services industry for 2014, because crime is everywhere and incidents occur every day. The police and other public law enforcement agencies cannot be everywhere all of the time, therefore clients will request a uniformed presence from a professional security company.”
Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on Examiner.com Examiner.com.