Security Managers
11-3013.01

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

Direct an organization's security functions, including physical security and safety of employees and facilities.

Sample of reported job titles: Corporate Physical Security Supervisor, Corporate Security Manager, Security Director, Security Manager

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks

  • Analyze and evaluate security operations to identify risks or opportunities for improvement through auditing, review, or assessment.
  • Assess risks to mitigate potential consequences of incidents and develop a plan to respond to incidents.
  • Attend meetings, professional seminars, or conferences to keep abreast of changes in executive legislative directives or new technologies impacting security operations.
  • Communicate security status, updates, and actual or potential problems, using established protocols.
  • Conduct physical examinations of property to ensure compliance with security policies and regulations.
  • Conduct threat or vulnerability analyses to determine probable frequency, criticality, consequence, or severity of natural or man-made disasters or criminal activity on the organization's profitability or delivery of products or services.
  • Coordinate security operations or activities with public law enforcement, fire and other agencies.
  • Create or implement security standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Develop budgets for security operations.
  • Develop or manage investigation programs, including collection and preservation of video and notes of surveillance processes or investigative interviews.
  • Develop, arrange for, perform, or assess executive protection activities to reduce security risks.
  • Develop, conduct, support, or assist in governmental reviews, internal corporate evaluations, or assessments of the overall effectiveness of facility and personnel security processes.
  • Develop, implement, manage, or evaluate policies and methods to protect personnel against harassment, threats, or violence.
  • Develop, recommend, or manage security procedures for operations or processes, such as security call centers, access control, and reporting tools.
  • Direct or participate in emergency management and contingency planning.
  • Identify, investigate, or resolve security breaches.
  • Monitor and ensure a sound, ethical environment.
  • Monitor security policies, programs or procedures to ensure compliance with internal security policies, or applicable government security requirements, policies, and directives.
  • Plan security for special and high-risk events.
  • Plan, direct, or coordinate security activities to safeguard company employees, guests, or others on company property.
  • Prepare reports or make presentations on internal investigations, losses, or violations of regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Purchase security-related supplies, equipment, or technology.
  • Respond to medical emergencies, bomb threats, fire alarms, or intrusion alarms, following emergency response procedures.
  • Review financial reports to ensure efficiency and quality of security operations.
  • Supervise or provide leadership to subordinate security professionals, performing activities such as hiring, investigating applicants' backgrounds, training, assigning work, evaluating performance, or disciplining.
  • Support efforts to reduce substance abuse or other illegal activities in the workplace.
  • Train subordinate security professionals or other organization members in security rules and procedures.
  • Write or review security-related documents, such as incident reports, proposals, and tactical or strategic initiatives.

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Occupational Requirements

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Experience Requirements

Job Zone

Title
Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range
2-4 years of preparation (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Facilities Managers.
Employment data for Administrative Services and Facilities Managers.
Industry data for Administrative Services and Facilities Managers.
Median wages (2021)
$47.08 hourly, $97,930 annual
State wages
Local wages
Employment (2020)
322,000 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030)
Average (5% to 10%)
Projected job openings (2020-2030)
29,200
State trends
Top industries (2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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