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Security Managers
SOC Code: 11-9199.07

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

Sample of reported job titles: Corporate Physical Security Supervisor; Corporate Security Manager; Director Security Management; Director, Corporate Security; Manager, Security and Safety; Manager, Security Infrastructure and Enterprise Services; Manager, Security Services and Safety System Support; Security Director; Security Manager

Tasks

  • 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.
  • Monitor and ensure a sound, ethical environment.
  • Plan, direct, or coordinate security activities to safeguard company assets, employees, guests, or others on company property.
  • Develop, implement, manage, or evaluate policies and methods to protect personnel against harassment, threats, or violence.
  • Develop, conduct, support, or assist in governmental reviews, internal corporate evaluations, or assessments of the overall effectiveness of facility and personnel security processes.
  • Train subordinate security professionals or other organization members in security rules and procedures.
  • Assess risks to mitigate potential consequences of incidents and develop a plan to respond to incidents.
  • Communicate security status, updates, and actual or potential problems, using established protocols.
  • Direct or participate in emergency management and contingency planning.
  • Conduct threat or vulnerability analyses to determine probable frequency, criticality, consequence, or severity of natural or man-made disasters or criminal activity on the organization's profitability or delivery of products or services.
  • Supervise or provide leadership to subordinate security professionals, performing activities such as hiring, investigating applicants' backgrounds, training, assigning work, evaluating performance, or disciplining.
  • Develop budgets for security operations.
  • Write or review security-related documents, such as incident reports, proposals, and tactical or strategic initiatives.
  • Analyze and evaluate security operations to identify risks or opportunities for improvement through auditing, review, or assessment.
  • Develop or manage integrated security controls to ensure confidentiality, accountability, recoverability, or auditability of sensitive or proprietary information or information technology resources.
  • Monitor security policies, programs or procedures to ensure compliance with internal security policies, licensing requirements, or applicable government security requirements, policies, and directives.
  • Conduct physical examinations of property to ensure compliance with security policies and regulations.
  • Collect and analyze security data to determine security needs, security program goals, or program accomplishments.
  • Coordinate security operations or activities with public law enforcement, fire and other agencies.
  • Review financial reports to ensure efficiency and quality of security operations.
  • Purchase security-related supplies, equipment, or technology.
  • Develop or manage investigation programs, including collection and preservation of video and notes of surveillance processes or investigative interviews.
  • Develop, arrange for, perform, or assess executive protection activities to reduce security risks.
  • Plan security for special and high-risk events.
  • Support efforts to reduce substance abuse or other illegal activities in the workplace.
  • 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.
  • Prepare reports or make presentations on internal investigations, losses, or violations of regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Attend meetings, professional seminars, or conferences to keep abreast of changes in executive legislative directives or new technologies impacting security operations.

Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software - Work scheduling software
  • Communications server software - Emergency notification system software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software ; Microsoft Access
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Oracle PeopleSoft
  • Facilities management software - Alarm system software; Maintenance management software; Physical access management software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Graphics software; Microsoft Visio
  • Human resources software - Human resources management system HRMS
  • Instant messaging software - Twitter
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Inventory management software - Inventory tracking software
  • Map creation software - Mapping software
  • Office suite software - Corel WordPerfect Office Suite; Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - FieldSoft AIMSonScene; Incident command system ICS software
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Time accounting software - Payroll software
  • Transaction security and virus protection software - McAfee ; Symantec
  • Web page creation and editing software - Facebook
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Alarm systems - Fire alarm systems; Security alarm systems
  • Chemical agent detector - Explosives detectors
  • Laser printers - Computer laser printers
  • Motion detectors - Approach detection systems
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Security or access control systems - Keyless entry systems; Physical access control systems
  • Special purpose telephones - Multiline telephone systems
  • Teleconference equipment - Teleconferencing equipment
  • Video monitors - Video surveillance systems
  • Videoconferencing systems - Videoconferencing equipment

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.

Interests

  • Interest code: EC
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 95% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 70% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 79% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 60% responded “Very important.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 45% responded “Very important results.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 50% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Letters and Memos - 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 40% responded “Very important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 60% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 45% responded “Very important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 40% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Consequence of Error - 45% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 63% responded “Very important.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 47% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 42% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 53% responded “About half the time.”
  • Level of Competition - 50% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 30% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 40% responded “Important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 35% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
60%Bachelor's degree
15%Associate's degree
15%Master's degree

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $50.77 hourly, $105,610 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 992,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 79,200

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