Security Management Specialists
Also called: Consultant, Physical Security Specialist, Security Analyst, Security Consultant
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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: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.
On the job, you would:
- Engineer, install, maintain, or repair security systems, programmable logic controls, or other security-related electronic systems.
- Recommend improvements in security systems or procedures.
- Perform risk analyses so that appropriate countermeasures can be developed.
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- law and government
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Engineering and Technology
- computers and electronics
- product and service development
- customer service
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- 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
- use rules to solve problems
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Analytical Thinking
- Stress Tolerance
You might use software like this on the job:
Network monitoring software
Development environment software
Operating system software