What does a Security do?

Security managers oversee asset protection for businesses and companies, from the protection of people and staff to the prevention of theft and inventory loss. These professionals develop and implement security standards and ensure that they are followed by all company staff. As a security manager, you might be in charge of managing a budget for security operations and hiring security staff. Work settings for security managers range from public organizations to privately run businesses, corporate and retail settings. Generally, security officers may work their way up to becoming security managers through experience and reputation within an organization. Security managers may someday decide to own their own security company.

A high school diploma or GED is generally required at minimum. College education is commonly preferred by employers, as is certification from security training programs. To succeed as a security manager, you must have excellent communication and organization skills to communicate with clients and manage security operations.

  • Identify and protect company assets through the development and implementation of security protocols
  • Make sure that staff follow security procedures and guidelines through training programs and assessments
  • Ensure the safety of staff and customers within the workplace
  • Perform security process evaluations and inspections
  • Prepare the organization and staff for external inspections
  • Manage the budget for security operations within an organization
  • Control security department spending
  • Hire and train security staff
  • Any security certifications required by the employing organization or company
  • Post-secondary training in security management is preferred by many organizations
  • Previous experience working as a security manager, security officer or other security-related job
  • Working knowledge of any required computer programs and security technology
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to monitor surveillance systems and respond to emergency situations
  • Excellent team-building and leadership skills
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail
  • Interest in protecting the people and assets within the organization or company
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Security Salaries

Average Base Pay

£28,618 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£15K
Median: £29K
£55K
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Security Career Path

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Lowe's Home ImprovementLowe's Home Improvement
Senior Information Security Manager
30 Dec 2021

“My direct management was difficult to please and I was not trusted or empowered to do my job.”

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Applications Security
13 Aug 2021

“One of the best platform to work on bug bounty programs.Triage team is so Knowledgeable and helpful towards the global researchers.”

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Cyber Security
24 May 2021

“I really can't think of any it is a good job with good pay.”

HSBCHSBC
Associate Cyber Security
4 Feb 2021

“Although I felt a bit struggle with work life balance may being my first organisation.”

United AirlinesUnited Airlines
Security
5 Oct 2021

“I’ve been so happy since I’ve left this hellhole and am blessed to have finally started a great career for myself .”

Paladin Security GroupPaladin Security Group
Security Supervisor
22 Jan 2020

“If you are thinking about your dream to be in Law enforcement then Paladin Mobile Security is the best path to achieve it.”

Best BuyBest Buy
Cyber Security
8 Jan 2021

“Really good with working with your schedule and starting Pay is great.”

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Security Supervisor
4 Aug 2021

“Flexible and good pay.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a security

When working as a security, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Intrusion Detection System, Lean Six Sigma, Operating Systems and Written Communication.

The most similar professions to security are:
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  • Security Consultant
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst

The most common qualifications to become a security is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.