No examination of security careers would be complete without addressing the bodyguard career path. Becoming a bodyguard can be both exciting and lucrative. There are a lot of opportunities out there for someone who is both dedicated and committed.
What kind of education do you need?
You can become a bodyguard with a high school diploma or a GED. However, top earners take as much training as possible.
Taking specialized training is about more than maximizing your earning potential, however. It’s about learning the skills that it would take to keep your clients alive in a dangerous, high-stress situation.
How physically fit do you have to be?
It’s a good idea for any security professional to be physically fit. However, being a bodyguard takes this requirement to the next level. You’ll need to be at the top of your game to be effective on the job, or even to get through the training.
How much do bodyguards earn?
At the low end of the learning scale, bodyguards make as much as any other security guard does. However, bodyguards who have received training for government positions or for work in “high hazard” zones overseas can earn as much as $300,000 per year. It depends on your assignment, and on your own ability to do a good job with the assignments that you get. You should also work with schools that have a good track record for placing graduates into the kinds of assignments that you are interested in.
Bodyguard training can be pricey, so take the time to do your research. Talk to past graduates about the training process, the quality of the employment that they received, and their day-to-day work lives before making any financial commitments.
Remember, while the work can be exciting (after all, you may get the chance to travel, or even to guard a celebrity), it is still a job. Be sure that you are physically and mentally fit for the work before you proceed.