Also called: Corporate Security Manager; Manager, Security and Safety; Security Director; Security Manager
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Security is a top priority in every company, whether it’s preventing theft or being prepared for emergencies. For many, security managers make the difference between being safe and being sorry. Security managers protect the safety of employees, facilities, and the assets of an organization. They assess risks and establish policies to prevent dangers such as fires, bomb threats, medical emergencies and intrusions. These security professionals evaluate building layouts to plan for evacuation, hiding during a crisis, and detaining or apprehending criminals. In all kinds of workplaces, whether it’s a bank or a mall, if security is breached, security managers are in charge of identifying the location and problem, and resolving it. One of their key roles is to design security systems that track activity and establish safeguards at building entrances, exits, and other sensitive areas. This strategic thinking and preparation keeps both people and property safe. Many security managers enter the field with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, security management, or a similar field. Some employers prefer candidates with experience in the police force or military. A driver’s license and security training related to the industry is helpful.
What they do:Direct an organization's security functions, including physical security and safety of employees, facilities, and assets.
On the job, you would:
- Create or implement security standards, policies, and procedures.
- Identify, investigate, or resolve security breaches.
- Respond to medical emergencies, bomb threats, fire alarms, or intrusion alarms, following emergency response procedures.
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- law and government
- customer service
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Education and Training
- teaching and course design
- reading work related information
- talking to others
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
- thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
- figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Self Control
- Stress Tolerance
- Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Facilities management software
- Alarm system software
- Maintenance management software
Graphics or photo imaging software
Office suite software
- Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
- Microsoft Office
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