Unarmed Security Guard, Basic Certificate


Richard J. Daley

Program Code: 0898

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
Total Hours2


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Security Guards

Job Description

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$32,364
Median 50th Percentile$38,523
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$53,659

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$16
Median 50th Percentile$19
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$26

Annual Job Openings

4853 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less79.26%
A certificate4.16%
Some college9.56%
An Associate degree5.06%
A Bachelor's degree1.96%
A Master's or Professional degree0.00%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

1.96% continue their education beyond an associate degree