Security Managers

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About the Job

Direct an organization's security functions, including physical security and safety of employees, facilities, and assets.

It is also Called

  • Security Supervisor
  • Security Specialist
  • Security Operations Manager
  • Security Manager
  • Security Director
  • Physical Security Manager
  • Museum Security Chief
  • Manager, Security Services and Safety System Support
  • Manager, Security Infrastructure and Enterprise Services
  • Manager, Security and Safety
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What They Do

  • Attend meetings, professional seminars, or conferences to keep abreast of changes in executive legislative directives or new technologies impacting security operations.
  • Prepare reports or make presentations on internal investigations, losses, or violations of regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Develop, recommend, or manage security procedures for operations or processes, such as security call centers, system acquisition, development, and maintenance, access control, program models, or reporting tools.
  • Support efforts to reduce substance abuse or other illegal activities in the workplace.
  • Plan security for special and high-risk events.
  • Develop, arrange for, perform, or assess executive protection activities to reduce security risks.
  • Develop or manage investigation programs, including collection and preservation of video and notes of surveillance processes or investigative interviews.
  • Purchase security-related supplies, equipment, or technology.
  • Review financial reports to ensure efficiency and quality of security operations.
  • Coordinate security operations or activities with public law enforcement, fire and other agencies.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: C.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Working Conditions and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $119,690 with most people making between $66,280 and $177,660

Outlook

0.14%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 21,910 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 22,210 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 30 openings due to growth and about 480 replacement openings for approximately 510 total annual openings.

Education & Training



Pennsylvania Department of Education