How Do I Become a Security Technician?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

The process to become a security technician can include formal education, on the job training, and certification. In some nations, a license is required to perform certain tasks connected with security systems, like installing and testing cable. Employers may sponsor personnel as they work towards qualifications, particularly if they are highly promising, but this is not guaranteed. People with an interest in security jobs also need to be prepared for continuing education to stay abreast with the field.

Man with hands on his hips
Man with hands on his hips

Security technicians design, install, maintain, and repair systems used for security. These include monitoring equipment, alarms, access control systems, and networks. Formal training in computer science is usually required to become a security technician. This can be a bachelor’s degree in the subject, or training in a two year program specifically designed for security technicians.

In addition to formal education, it may help to pursue certifications to become a security technician. These can include endorsements indicating familiarity with specific programming languages and types of security systems. While not required by all employers, they can be helpful on job applications. People with more certifications can be viewed as more competitive, especially for security firms that want to be able to advertise a high level of competency on the part of their personnel.

Experience can also be helpful. Entry-level security jobs can provide people with a chance to develop skills, and may lay the groundwork to become a security technician. These may be open to college students, allowing them to develop experience while pursuing degrees. For some networks, it is also necessary to have a security clearance, and it is a good idea to leave options open by maintaining a good record to make it possible to pass background checks. In the event a technician needs to be cleared, employers want to be confident that their staff will probably pass.

After someone has become a security technician, it is important to keep up with new developments in security. Conferences, workshops, and professional publications can provide information on the latest technology, policies, and procedures. It can also help to belong to a professional organization, which can also provide access to a network of contacts who may be helpful when job hunting or looking for consultants. Those committed to ongoing education and certification in new areas may be better positioned for bonuses, raises, and promotions than security technicians who are less aggressive about remaining competitive in the workplace.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a wiseGEEK researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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