Bodyguard working for a private family

The primary role of a bodyguard is to provide security and personal protection to a high-net-worth individual, a celebrity, a politician, or other individuals who face heightened security risks. A bodyguard’s primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and well-being of their client. The bodyguard must identify and mitigate potential security threats.

Bodyguards must also focus on effective communication, conflict resolution, and maintaining a low profile to avoid drawing unnecessary attention. They must have a strategic mind to adapt to dynamic situations to ensure their client’s safety in a variety of environments and scenarios.

At Morgan & Mallet International, we care about the security of our clients and we recruit the best candidates for this position. Here’s a full Bodyguard job description with all the information you need.

  • Primary missions: ensure the security of the client indoors and/or outdoors
  • Live-out or live-in
  • Salary: $31,000 to $70,000
  • Type of job: security

Missions and responsibilities

The role of a bodyguard extends far beyond physical protection. In order to ensure the safety, privacy, and well-being of their clients, a bodyguard must include thorough planning, risk assessment, and the seamless execution of security measures. Here are the main services and responsibilities of a bodyguard:

  • analyzing potential security threats by knowing everything about the client’s lifestyle, activities, and potential risks to identify areas of vulnerability;
  • travel and itinerary planning based on security threats, a bodyguard must develop customized security plans;
  • provide close protection during the client’s daily activities, public appearances, and travel;
  • responding quickly in the event of an emergency: security breach, medical emergency or other situations;
  • manage crowds at public events and appearances.

How to become a bodyguard?

The education requirements to become a bodyguard depend on your location. In any case, you should have a clean criminal record in both your country of employment and your country of origin. Here, you’ll find information about the education you need depending on your country and the skills required to become a bodyguard.

Education and skills

There are several ways to become a bodyguard. In the UK, you can take a course with a private training provider. To work as a bodyguard, you’ll need to have a Close Protection license issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). To apply for this license, you must have completed a Close Protection Operative

In the U.S., some states require a specific bodyguard certification. The certification requires you to schedule a physical test and complete an online exam. Some countries even require completing a year of active duty in the military. What you’ll need, regardless of the country, is a close protection first aid qualification or first aid and CPR certifications.

As for the skills required to become a bodyguard, here are the most important ones:

  • maintain a discreet and low-profile presence;
  • possess communication skills to ensure coordination and information exchange between clients, the client’s staff, event organizers and security personnel;
  • ability to adapt to changing situations and environments;
  • maintain preparedness by regularly updating their skills through training and staying abreast of current security trends.
  • high ability to use surveillance equipment.

If you are looking for a bodyguard for yourself or a member of your family, please visit our hiring page.


To become a bodyguard, you may need experience in other security jobs, in the military or the police, or as a security guard, or a door guard. At Morgan & Mallet International, we take the safety of our clients very seriously, which is why we require our bodyguards to provide at least three positive references from previous employers.

Work conditions

The working conditions of a bodyguard can be incredibly varied. It is usually a full-time position with both indoor and outdoor assignments. In cases where constant availability is required, a live-in position may be necessary for the role.


The average salary varies depending on factors such as location and experience, but typically ranges from $31,000 to $70,000. However, salaries can reach $100,000 per year.

Similar jobs

Related jobs may include traveling bodyguard and event bodyguard.

Traveling bodyguard

A traveling bodyguard will accompany individuals on their travels and protect their clients in various environments.

Event bodyguard

An event bodyguard is expected to protect an individual or group of individuals from harmful situations at a specific event.

Top cities to find jobs as a bodyguard

Major cities around the world offer the most job opportunities for a bodyguard. You might find a position in: Paris, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Rome, Dubai, London, Hong Kong, Geneva. 

Job growth trend

Bodyguards are in demand. According to Zippia, it is projected to grow 3% in the United States over the next decade.

Bodyguard job perspectives

If you wish to take your career to the next level, you can train other bodyguards or become the Head of Security.

Example of a bodyguard job description

Here’s an example of a Bodyguard job description. A client was looking for a bodyguard in Mayfair, London, United Kingdom.

Job duties and responsibilities

  • Accompanying the client and chauffeur on business trips within the London area
  • Ensuring the security of the home
  • Ability to provide wise advice on any security system upgrades and implementation of security procedures
  • Being able to provide an unbiased review of situations in order to make the most informed recommendation
  • Providing high quality professional protection at all times
  • Working both indoors and outdoors
  •  Inspecting locations prior to client’s arrival

Profile requirement

  • Experience in a similar position with verifiable  references
  • Candidate with a military background would be a plus
  • Discreet and knowledgeable candidate
  • Certified Protection Officer License 

Job conditions

  • Permanent contract
  • Full-time
  • Excellent salary

Frequently asked questions about bodyguard job

What qualifications do I need to become a Bodyguard?

To become a bodyguard you must complete a certification and you must have a Close Protection Officer license. Additionally, you will need certification in First Aid and CPR.

How can I advance my career as a bodyguard?

If you want to progress in your career, you can become the Head of Security after years of experience.

Is previous experience in private service necessary to find a bodyguard job?

Yes, it is highly recommended. Your experience, qualifications and background check are important keys for the client. At Morgan & Mallet International, we ask for three references from previous employers.

What are the typical working hours for a bodyguard?

Working hours for a bodyguard can vary. Bodyguards may work at a client’s home or business. They may also spend some time working outdoors and travelling, even internationally. Typical working hours are between 46 and 48 hours a week.

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