There are 71,600 security and fire alarm systems installers and workers employed in the United States. The industries that employ the most workers in this occupation are investigation and security services; building equipment contractors; miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers; household appliances and electronic and electrical goods merchant wholesalers; and machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers.
Employers favor job applicants who have vocational training and an undergraduate degree. Security systems installers and workers can receive training while working in the job. They can also take relevant classes through trade associations.
Security systems installers and workers may work as apprentices for several years and then advance to become technicians. Those who have more years of experience may assume more responsibilities and authority by advancing to supervisor and management-level roles. As managers, they will be responsible for hiring and supervising staff.
Visit the Web sites of security and fire alarm systems companies such as ADT to learn more about the types of work they do and the career opportunities.
Take telecommunications classes, including classes on electronics and electricity, while in school.
Ask friends and family members if they know someone who works in security systems installation; talk to them to learn more about the job.
Visit the Web sites of trade associations such as the Electronic Security Association for industry news and to find training programs.