Security Management Specialists

Conduct security assessments for organizations, and design security systems and processes. May specialize in areas such as physical security, personnel security, and information security. May work in fields such as health care, banking, gaming, security engineering, or manufacturing.

Median Annual Wage: $67,280

Education: Bachelor's degree (62%); Associate's degree (15%); Post-secondary certificate (8%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Consultant; Director, Security Risk Management; Operations Staff Specialist, Security; Physical Security Engineer; Physical Security Specialist; Principal Engineer, Security Engineering and Applied Science; Section Chief, Physical Security Specialist; Security Analyst; Security Consultant; Security Specialist

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

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Security Management Specialists.

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