This is a very difficult question to answer, because, Security encompasses so many different jobs!
- The entry-level HS graduate no-experience-necessary position/retiree looking for extra pocket money: Could be going from business to business rattling doors to make sure they are locked. Or standing at the gate of a retirement community waving the residents through and logging all visitors in.
- Could be working in a bank lobby, greeting customers, while watching for bad guys, who rarely show up (thankfully). Or at a corporate headquarters, escorting employees to their cars when they leave late at night.
- lots of other stuff in between . . . club bouncers. crowd control (football games)., Armored car, etc
- Dignitary protection - lots of high profile targets and their families who could easily be the victims of kidnapping - , all the way up to presidential election contenders/ Secret Service type stuff.
- Military security- guarding missiles, installations, prisoners, etc.
All of it requires a level of alertness and good people skills. You would also need to stay calm under pressure, work well with other agencies, and write good reports.
Hope this helps!
For example, I work as an executive protection agent, in a nutshell I am embedded in a large Fortune 500 company and protect the CEO and all senior leadership staff to that company. I can go on for hours about my duties and what I do but below I will list a few different areas of "security" someone can specialist in. I hope this helps answer the question.
- Executive Protection
- Loss Prevention
- Patrol (vehicle/bike/foot)
- Static (guard shack/desk)
- Maritime Security
- Residential Security (this usually is a part of executive protection)
- Security Driver (also under EP)
- Celebrity Bodyguard
- Event Security (Sports games/convert venues)
As the previously stated by others, there are a vast amount of specialties/professions, within the Security world, and they all come with their various levels of slow days and incredibly fast paced/intense days. Trust me, after a few "fast paced" days, you'll welcome those slow days! Here are a few examples:
Security Officer/Guard Post (Static): This can be at a guard booth, screening employees, visitor, etc. and turning away those that don't belong. It's a straight forward position, but equally, if not more important as other security positions as this is a the "Frontline". No one should get by you if they don't have a real reason for being there. It's important that the proper training (anti-surveillance, social engineering awareness, de-escalation techniques) is provided and taken seriously.
Security Officer (Patrol/Relief): This role is just like it sounds. You patrol an assigned area, either on foot or by a means of transportation (bike/Segway/golf cart/car), relieve officers on posts for their breaks and respond to emergency calls.
Security (Investigator): Responding to incidents of various kinds to collect information, evidence and conduct interviews. There are occasions when law enforcement involvement is required and collaboration is essential!
These are just 3 examples, from a world that has a myriad of opportunities in the Security realm. It really depends on which one gets you excited when you do your research!
All the best!