Security Career Explorer: Help Us Find the Role That’s Right for You
What motivates you? Technology? Working with people? A new challenge? Pick from the options below to explore jobs in the industry.
I see the forest and the trees and like to make things happen.
Look for roles like a security project manager, an operations manager or any other role that requires managing people and ensuring projects get done!
I want to write code that makes an impact.
The security industry is a code-driven field that values bug testing. You’re likely to find yourself creating the programming for security systems that protect thousands of people.
I am a people person who needs growth.
Working in sales, business development and marketing in the security industry means interacting with customers facing real threats and helping them define needed solutions and services. The roles are well paid, too, with junior sales representatives earning an average of $74,387 a year (source: SIA’s 2020 Wage and Benefits Benchmarking Study).
I want to work with new technology every day.
Love to unbox a new piece of technology? Then roles like system designer or installing technician are right for you. Your role might be designing a complicated security system, or you may be the person in the field who is putting all of the tech together to make it work.
I like solving technical challenges.
To stay one step ahead of criminals, people in roles like product developer and integrator are working every day on new solutions and inventive combinations of technology.
I like to help people personally.
Behind the scenes at security companies are roles like monitoring staff, technical support and customer service, and 90 percent of the time, it’s people in these roles that clients interact with when they need help. If you like solving problems for people and getting challenges back on track, these roles are for you.
A Place for You
No matter your background, the security industry has a role for you if you’re talented, willing to work, seeking opportunities and interested in technology.
Who we’re looking for:
- University students and graduate students
- Community college students
- Cybersecurity professionals
- Trade school students
- Aspiring technicians
- IT/programming professionals
- Military and law enforcement experience
- Those in career transitions
A Place to Grow
And more importantly, there is room for growth. With steady growth of over 7 percent a year, advancing your career is possible and can occur quickly.
When you learn new skills and technologies, doors open, whether your growth goal is inventing the next security technology or being the hero who works with businesses and individuals to deliver intelligent solutions that protect people, places and assets.
From roles right out of high school and trade schools to jobs necessitating advanced degrees in engineering, computer science and cybersecurity, there are great opportunities for you in the field of security. And with tens of thousands of businesses in the industry and over 10,000 new jobs predicted in the next six years, security technology companies tell us they often can’t find the talented workers they would need to grow even faster. And that’s why the Foundation for Advancing Security Technology exists – our mission is to help connect people like you with high-tech security careers.
To learn more about job opportunities, explore our guide below, or use our Security Career Explorer tool to navigate the roles.