MBTI® Test ISTJ Security Guards

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Realistic, Conventional, Enterprising (RCE) (GOT)

Logic, structure, and order are integral parts of certain careers—especially in the case of a security guard. Some Myers-Briggs test (MBTI test) personality types fit well in this position: In particular, these attributes often make the Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging Myers-Briggs test (ISTJ) types a good fit as a security guard.

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A career as a security guard can lead an individual into a wide assortment of job fields, such as working in the corporate world as a security agent, working in hospitality as a hotel security officer, or in a more retail-like setting as a store guard. All of these occupations require the basic duties of overseeing the general safety and security of an establishment, which could involve preventing stealing, fighting, or any other form of rule or law breaking.

The tasks involved with a job as a security guard include supervising the entrance and exits of a building (both for everyday employees and visitors); writing records of the happenings of each day; responding to emergencies appropriately, patrolling an area to make sure it is secure; providing personal protection; screening individuals for any hazardous substances or weapons; and giving warnings to individuals who may be overstepping their boundaries. In many cases, security guards are the first on a scene, regardless of the type of issue, and so they must be well versed in techniques like first aid and procedures like determining which emergency service to call. They may also respond to noise complaints and should be able to deescalate situations that are relatively minor whenever possible.

Several hands-on tools are used by security guards, such as medical kits, guns, nightsticks, and restraints. Proper knowledge of how to use this equipment is imperative to the job. In addition, a knowledge of some forms of technology, especially Microsoft Office Suite, email interfaces, and scheduling software, are highly important, as well as an ability to use a telephone or intercom system to make announcements or contact emergency personnel when needed. In order to become a successful security guard, individuals must possess exceptional reasoning, communication, and detective skills in order to ensure that they are assessing security situations in the correct way. These skills can also be used to resolve problems and potentially mediate discussions that need to happen as well.

Some academic and occupational preparation is needed for a career as a security guard. Often, this job requires at least a high school diploma. More important for the job, though, is time spent apprenticing or learning under someone who has experience in the field.

Below are some employment trends for Security Guards:

  • Median wage: $14.27 hourly, $29,680 annually
  • Employment: 1,143,800 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Average (4% to 6%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 153,800

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ISTJ Careers

Click on one of these corresponding popular ISTJ Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education:  Accountant, Air Traffic Controller, Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician, Civil Engineer, Environmental Science & Protection Tech, Nuclear Power Reactor Operator, Security Guard, Supervisor of Correctional Officers, Tax Examiner / Collector / Revenue Agent, and Transportation Inspector.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
  2. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)