Security Management Specialists

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

Conduct security assessments for organizations, and design security systems and processes. May specialize in areas such as physical security or the safety of employees and facilities.

Sample of reported job titles: Physical Security Engineer, Physical Security Specialist, Security Analyst, Security Consultant, Security Specialist

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks

  • Assess the nature and level of physical security threats so that the scope of the problem can be determined.
  • Budget and schedule security design work.
  • Conduct security audits to identify potential vulnerabilities related to physical security or staff safety.
  • Design security policies, programs, or practices to ensure adequate security relating to alarm response, access card use, and other security needs.
  • Design, implement, or establish requirements for security systems, video surveillance, motion detection, or closed-circuit television systems to ensure proper installation and operation.
  • Develop conceptual designs of security systems.
  • Develop or review specifications for design or construction of security systems.
  • Engineer, install, maintain, or repair security systems, programmable logic controls, or other security-related electronic systems.
  • Inspect fire, intruder detection, or other security systems.
  • Inspect physical security design features, installations, or programs to ensure compliance with applicable standards or regulations.
  • Interview witnesses or suspects to identify persons responsible for security breaches or to establish losses, pursue prosecutions, or obtain restitution.
  • Monitor tapes or digital recordings to identify the source of losses.
  • Monitor the work of contractors in the design, construction, and startup phases of security systems.
  • Outline system security criteria for pre-bid meetings with clients and companies to ensure comprehensiveness and appropriateness for implementation.
  • Perform risk analyses so that appropriate countermeasures can be developed.
  • Prepare documentation for case reports or court proceedings.
  • Prepare, maintain, or update security procedures, security system drawings, or related documentation.
  • Provide system design and integration recommendations.
  • Recommend improvements in security systems or procedures.
  • Respond to emergency situations on an on-call basis.
  • Review design drawings or technical documents for completeness, correctness, or appropriateness.
  • Test security measures for final acceptance and implement or provide procedures for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the measures.
  • Train personnel in security procedures or use of security equipment.

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Occupational Requirements

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Experience Requirements

Job Zone

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Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience
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Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples
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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 Business Operations Specialists, All Other.
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Median wages (2021)
$35.90 hourly, $74,670 annual
State wages
Local wages
Employment (2021)
1,133,000 employees
Projected growth (2021-2031)
Average (4% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2021-2031)
114,200
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Top industries (2021)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2021-2031 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2021-2031). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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