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Security systems installer

Security systems installers fit and service electronic systems that detect intruders or control access to buildings and sites.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 per week

1. Entry requirements

You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, in English, maths, science, or a technical subject.

It may help if you've:

  • experience in electrical or electronics work
  • completed a college course in security systems
  • a driving licence

You’ll also need colour-normal vision and security clearance before you can start work.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • practical skills 
  • the ability to follow technical plans and instructions 
  • problem-solving skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • discussing security plans with customers
  • carrying out site surveys
  • installing security systems, like building access controls, fire and intruder alarms, and electronic surveillance equipment
  • testing systems and explaining to customers how to operate them
  • checking and servicing existing systems
  • responding to call-outs to repair faulty systems

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £22,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: Up to £35,000

Your salary could increase with overtime payments.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Overtime and weekend work is often available. You may work on a rota that provides 24-hour cover.

You’ll work both indoors and outdoors.

The job can be physically demanding and you'll work at height.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could set up your own company, or progress to supervising teams of sales, installation or maintenance staff. 

You could also specialise in areas like designing new security systems. 

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Last updated: 18 August 2017