Occupation Profile for Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

Install, program, maintain, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.


$34,810.00 Median Annual Wage 2,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
4.6 Average Unemployment Percentage 48.3 Percentage That Completed High School
57,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 44.0 Percentage That Had Some College
68,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 7.7 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Alarm Adjuster
Alarm Technician
Burglar Alarm Installer
Electronic Security Technician
Fire Alarm Technician
Fire and Sound Service Technician
Home Fire Alarm Installer
Home Security Alarm Installer
Inspector, Burglar Alarm
Inspector, Fire Alarm Repairer, Electrical
Installation Technician
Installer, Security Systems
Low Voltage Technician
Mechanic, Burglar Alarm
Mechanic, Electronic Fire Control Systems
Mechanic, Fire Alarm
Protective Signal Installer
Protective Signal Repairer
Repairer, Protective Signal
Security Engineer
Security Installation Technician
Security Installer
Security Technician
Service Technician
Special Systems Technician
Technician, Security

Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Core — Test and repair circuits and sensors, following wiring and system specifications.
  • Core — Drill holes for wiring in wall studs, joists, ceilings, and floors.
  • Core — Demonstrate systems for customers, and explain details such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.
  • Core — Consult with clients to assess risks and to determine security requirements.
  • Core — Keep informed of new products and developments.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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