Concert Security Jobs
By Eric Hammer
If you love music, then you may be wondering how to go about
landing concert security jobs. These are the people who will
show up first at any event (the same kinds of people work sporting
events and other events with large crowds - in fact the job is
often called a "crowd control consultant" or some variation
thereof.) and they help break up fights, eject people who are
getting rowdy and make you go back to your own seat when you
try to grab a better seat.
The people who do these kinds of jobs aren't always burly
security guard types, as bouncers often are, but they basically
perform a similar function. Most people who work in such jobs
get on the job training for their work, though some do come with
some crowd control training besides.
Also unlike a bouncer, concert security jobs typically involve
working in teams rather than as an individual simply because
the event area is so large. The jobs often are part time or even
temporary positions where people are hired for a specific event
and then laid off again, though some venues that regularly have
crowds will hire full time people.
How Much Can You Make?
Salaries for concert security jobs can vary widely. One full
time position we looked at in South Carolina for example paid
just $21,000 annually while another one in Pennsylvania paid
$58,000 per year. Obviously, the size of the event, the level
of seniority and where you happen to be located in the country
will affect how much you can earn.
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As previously noted, bouncers and nightclub security jobs
are closely related to concert security jobs. The work is fairly
similar with the difference being that bouncers, unlike people
who work in event security need to look physically imposing so
that people will think twice and three times before starting
up with them.
In all cases however, concert security jobs tend to be reasonably
easy to get as long as you can act as a responsible adult at
all times (i.e. yes, you can enjoy the concert, but when duty
calls, you don't complain. You just go do what needs to be done
and you do it well).
Qualifications / Requirements
Generally, there are no formal requirements for getting a
job like this since training is usually provided on the job,
however it can help if you have some experience in crowd control
and or if you have had training as a security guard. While most
people who work crowd control jobs are unarmed, those with a
gun license, especially if they are also licensed to work as
security guard may have an advantage over others in getting these
kinds of jobs.
Start by checking with local venues where events happen. This
includes large music halls and sports stadiums. Ask them about
getting concert security jobs. Some of them will contract out
the work to a private company (an example is listed below), however
many will simply hire temporary or part time employees to come
and work when events are happening. Be flexible about your first
job and be willing to work even when it's not an event you particularly
want to attend.
Check out these helpful resources to find out more about getting
concert security jobs:
Job Monkey: Concert Security Jobs - An excellent
introduction to the business of crowd control and how to get
jobs in this business.
A company that does crowd control in the UK, this is provided
only as an example of such companies.
How to Do Things: How to Do Crowd Control -
While not directly related to getting concert security jobs,
the advice here can be valuable to you when you land such a position.