Is it normal to want to be a Security Guard

I don't want to go to college and have a high paying job. I don't want to have kids or be in a romantic relationship and I know for a fact that will never change. I just want an easy job that pays a livable wage. Where I live the median salary for security guards is just over the livable wage. What do you guys think?

Is It Normal?
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  • Don't listen to any of these haters. The less responsibility you take on the happier you will be. Anyone saying anything else is just bitter that they invested all their time in getting a "career" only to find out they aren't as happy as they thought they'd be, and feel like everyone else needs to be the same way. They justify it by telling themselves that they're morally superior to those that are actually happy.

    Security is kind of dumb though, I'm not a fan of appointed authority figures.

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    • Security guards have no authority. They can only call cops same as you and are instructed not to touch, apprehend or chase anyone.

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      • Exactly. If you want to live on the fringes of society why would you represent a position where you harass other marginalized people?

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      • Yes, they are. Do your research. Your ignorance is showing. They aren't allowed to chase people off property is all.

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    • KILL, KILL, KILL, KILL, KILL THE POOR!

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  • As a current armed security guard let me tell you how it is at first I worked a few shitty positions, before finally working were I am now. I work in a luxury high rise and make 21$ an hour to sit and make sure people who aren't supposed to come on don't. Which that rarely ever happens during Christmas time I make 3-5k in tips from the people living here. You want to talk stress free I actually worked in an office before this where I made a little more money but I was absolutely miserable and hated work now I go hang out for 8 hours then go home.

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    • Pretty cool. Where do you vacation in the winter?

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      • My wife and I spent 7 days in Germany this past spring. It was gorgeous we did 3 days in Berlin, and 4 days in Munich. Next year we are looking at doing a week in Singapore.

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  • Don't know where you live, but I was a security guard for a brief period following graduation from university.

    I look back on it as one of the lowest points in my life.

    If college is a possibility for you, then you're obviously not stupid, but my experience is that security work doesn't tend to attract the sharpest people. Working with dim people is never fun.

    In my opinion, ambition is over-rated, so I can understand your attitude. Far too many people believe that life has to be about being seen as successful and powerful and having enough money to buy a big house, a new car every year, and all the latest electronic gadgets. Having a low-stress job that doesn't make constant demands on your time and energy 24/7, and pays you enough to have the things you need in life does have its advantages.

    You're also young, and a lot of people don't figure out what they really want to do with their lives until they're in their twenties or even later. It's not a great idea to go to college just because it's what your family expects you to do and it's what everyone in your social circle does.

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  • I'm always glad to see people who want to be security guards, fire fighters, policemen, ect.

    People like me are too wussy for those jobs.

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  • College isn't meant for everybody. It's your life, so it's your choice what job u want pursue as long as ur content with whatever u chose. And if u ever change ur mind or get tired of working as a security guard, u can always go back to college.

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  • The nice people of IIN have done everything they can to prepare you for the reality of your decision. One guy even did the math for you. Your lifestyle prognosis looks grim. But, I will say this. Extremely frugal people make it an art form to live on the cheap. From fixing their own cars to brewing their own beer, they make survival in poverty their hobby. If you are part of this 1 in 20 person group, your idea makes sense. Sadly, I don't think you have this personality.

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    • The "nice people" of IIN have called me a drunkard, a "looser," and a pervert. The guy who did the math doesn't know the difference between poverty wage, minimum wage, and living wage. So much for the "nice people" of IIN. Wake up. I appreciate constructed criticism, but so far one person has done so, and he is wrong. (Kevinevan.)

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      • Show me how I am wrong. I didn't use subjective terms I used concrete numbers and the US governments own numbers for poverty.

        If you can make $20 an hour as a security guard like the other
        Poster do it.

        I too have an axiety disorder so I understand the reasoning. I am just telling you its a poor choice. The stress from being poor is FAR FAR worse than any job.

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        • It's not a subjective term. You don't seem to be listening to me. This job pays enough. It is not a poor job where I live. It is a pretty legit job. I have no clue where you got your numbers from, but they're just wrong. I repeat: Security guards get paid good wages where I live. It is nothing compared to a job that requires a college degree, but it is more than enough to live a normal life.

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          • I got $10 from YOU. Direct Quote: "The living wage where I live, for one person, is ten dollars an hour" then did the math.

            I'm interested in the conversation because if it pays good I will fucking move there and do it myself.

            You seem to be more interested in being a jerk than talking to people so NO ITS NOT NORMAL!!

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            • I am a jerk to everyone who is a jerk to me. I am interested in talking to people more than I am being a jerk, actually. Which is why I was having a long and normal argument with you. You seem upset you're not understanding my points. So now you're randomly calling me a jerk. Your math is absolutely useless. The living wage takes your math out the window. Security guards usually get paid over the living wage here. I should be perfectly fine. End of conversation. So far your argument has been you blubbering about your useless math. Neither of us are switching stances it seems, so let's just stop this.

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      • Well sorry. But, what do you think about people that make it their hobby to make extraordinary efforts to economize so that they are not effect by living on a very low income?

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        • Good for those people. But one person doesn't need a $60,000 salary. Simply put, college will be a waste for me. I don't need it to live the life I want. Not bashing anyone who goes to college. But it is not for me.

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          • Of course not. Just wondering what you think about extraordinary economizers. I think they are cool people. They sort of understand financial math on an intuitive basis.

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  • A boring job for old men, alcoholics, lazy as fuck people. From your post, that seems to fit you. So go for it. But it sounds as if you are incapable of going for anything.

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    • I never drink, I'm very young, and the reasons I want this job is because it is a low stress and anxiety job. As someone who has an anxiety disorder, this job might just be meant for me. Quit assuming everything and acting like it's fact. Ignorant fuck.

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  • In the name of all that's holy and sacred in this world, DO NOT, (I repeat), DO NOT PURSUE A CAREER IN SECURITY!! :O It sucks BIG TIME!! Trust me, it's not worth it. It doesn't matter what promises management gives you during the interview. "We'll start you at 15 an hour" or "20 an hour"... Bullshit! They'll say that, but when you actually get to the site, they'll say "Oh, well the site only pays 10 an hour". And you'll see it on your check. Big difference. And security management/supervisors are always a bunch of douchbags anyway. They all act like they're ex military but I know they're not. They just like being in charge because the company gave them their positions. There was only one supervisor I respected and that was because he respected me. He knew how fucked up the clients at my job site were and he couldn't stand their bullshit either. For the record, I worked security for Social services in New Haven for 6 years. Yeah... do the math. It sucked. And now I work at a Yale building with snobby people who act just like the state social workers. Gee... I must have fucking pissed somebody off in a former life because history seems to be repeating! >:(

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  • Ok, then fucking do it? Why do you have to tell us?!

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  • not everyone should go to college. in fact most people that go should no go based on IQ tests . the stress free job of security guard is ideal for many. Its normal. it may increase longevity health and sense of well being . you have my respect. My dad was like you. he joined the air force. for twenty years. he retired at 35k a years for the next 40 years. thats almost one and a half million dollars for not working. at one point during the Clinton years his take home pay beat my professional college income yet he wasnt working at all.

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  • For some people, security, its their thing. I'd go for a job in a gay club.

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  • Dude the minimum wage is a nowhere near a livable wage and security guards make maybe 2-3 more an hour. If they are increadibly lucky. Are you ready to live in a room in someones house, eat top ramen and shop at walmart for everything, for the rest of your life?

    Lay of the pot bruh.

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    • The living wage where I live, for one person, is ten dollars an hour. Security guards here get paid at the very least that much. Living in a room in someone's house? What? Looks you're the one who needs to lay off the pot. Get your facts straight.

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      • What is the average rent there mate? Cause your income is going to be around $1200 a month IF you get 40 hours a week.

        Do a budget.

        Living wage = extreme poverty.

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        • Living wage: a wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living. You do realize the living wage includes rent, right?

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          • I don't care about government bullshit. Do the actual brass tacks math and get back to me.

            $10 an hour x 160 hrs = $1600

            Minus tax!! $1200-$1400 left over.

            Yearly take home $14400 -$16200.

            2017 poverty line:

            1 person $11,770
            2 people $15,930


            Wow, you'll be living the dream !!!

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            • I never said I wanted to live the dream. I want a job that is enough for me and just me. Your first sentence is enough for me to realize you don't listen to reason. Government bullshit. Lol, great excuse. Think what you want.

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  • One of the best road to become a looser, enjoy !

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  • There's nothing worse than a lazy brainless pervert, except a wannabe lazy brainless pervert.


    Nothing in life is easy, and if you choose a seemingly easy life now; you will pay dearly for it in the future.

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    • You will pay dearly by having an easy life later on. Oh no!

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    • You're another ignorant fuck I see. I want this job not because I'm just lazy. Picking a certain job doesn't make me brainless. Being a pervert has absolutely nothing to do with this. Quit pulling things out of your ass. Your comment proves who the brainless one is.

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      • You said you're picking it cause it's easy. Same as been lazy if you ask me.

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        • No I didn't. A reply to someone else up above explains clearly why I'm picking this job. But there is no point arguing with someone who doesn't know the difference between living wage and minimum wage.

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          • Tell me the difference you are right I dont know.

            I'm trying to help you not make a huge mistake btw and just to be clear this is an exact quote from you "I just want an easy job that pays a livable wage."

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            • Look up the difference. I already told you what living wage is. The typical security guard where I live will earn more than the living wage. I won't be taking your precious money. I don't need it. It pays enough. I won't even be scraping by. As for the last part, fine. You're right. I said that. But in more detail, I'm picking this job because of the low stress and anxiety that comes from it. I have an anxiety disorder. Going to college for several years will be a living hell for me. So it's not because I'm just lazy.

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    • Wow. Judgmental much?

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