Security Systems Installers and Workers

Security Systems Installer Fastens a Control Box

Security Systems Installers and Workers install and program electronic security equipment in residential and commercial buildings to deter burglars and prevent crimes. They may also install fire alarm systems. They are responsible for maintaining security systems and repairing equipment as needed. They make sure the wiring that they do and the equipment they use meets industry codes. Approximately 64,730 security and fire alarm systems installers were employed in the United States in May 2015, as reported by the Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Duties Install, maintain, and repair security and alarm systems and equipment; follow blueprints; demonstrate security systems to customers
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions; the states with the highest level of employment in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Virginia
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Two to three years of apprenticeship and on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Must be at least 18 years old, complete qualifying education, pass anexam, have no criminal record, and submit proof of a fingerprint completion
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Security Systems Supervisor
  • Security Systems Installer
  • Security Systems Technician
  • Apprentice

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