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Security & Fire Alarm Systems Installers

Also called: Alarm Technician, Fire Alarm Technician, Installation Technician, Service Technician

What they do:
Install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.
On the job, you would:
  • Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, or related equipment, following blueprints of electrical layouts and building plans.
  • Mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors, or video cameras and attach electrical and telephone wiring to connect components.
  • Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details, such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • building and construction
  • customer service
  • telecommunications


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology
Network monitoring software
  • Traceroute


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

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