The need for security guards is increasing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 1.1 million security guards in the U.S. California leads the way with 166,660 guards. As commercial and residential crimes increase, expect growth in the security services sector to continue.

Where Security Guards Work. Industries employing the most security guards include hospital/medical, education, hotel/hospitality and retail. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim and San Francisco-Oakland-Haywood metropolitan areas have the most guard jobs in California.

For those who are considering beginning a security guard career, now is the perfect time. Security guard companies are hiring. The first step is passing California’s Bureau of Security & Investigative Services licensing exam. The exam is given in two phases. Acquiring a firearms permit is additional.

To learn about licensing requirements in California, contact Access Control Security, go to or call 877-482-7324.