Also known as Adult Crossing Guard, Community Service Officer, Crossing Guard, Road Crossing Guard, School Crossing Guard, Substitute Crossing Guard
Also known as Adult Crossing Guard, Community Service Officer, Crossing Guard
Crossing Guards guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.
Crossing Guards are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Crossing Guards. More generally, Crossing Guards are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Crossing Guard is $30,790, and the average salary is $34,220. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Crossing Guard salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Crossing Guards earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Crossing Guards earn less than $20,960 per year, 25% earn less than $25,680, 75% earn less than $39,520, and 90% earn less than $51,500.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Crossing Guards is expected to change by 13.5%, and there should be roughly 19,100 open positions for Crossing Guards every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Crossing Guard are usually higher in their Social, Enterprising, and Realistic interests.
Crossing Guards typically have strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Also, Crossing Guards typically have strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Lastly, Crossing Guards typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Crossing Guard tend to value Relationships, Support, and Independence.
Most importantly, Crossing Guards moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Crossing Guards somewhat value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Crossing Guards somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Crossing Guards must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, integrity, and self-control.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Crossing Guards, ranked by importance:
Working as a Crossing Guard usually requires a high school diploma.
Crossing Guards need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Crossing Guards may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as public safety and security, customer and personal service, or psychology knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Crossing Guards might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Crossing Guards must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Crossing Guards need abilities such as oral comprehension, oral expression, and problem sensitivity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Crossing Guards, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Crossing Guards frequently use skills like speaking, social perceptiveness, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Crossing Guards, ranked by their relative importance.
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