Security Manager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directs an organization's security functions, including physical security and safety of employees, facilities, and assets.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster General Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Creates or implements security standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Identifies, investigates, or resolves security breaches.
  • Responds to medical emergencies, bomb threats, fire alarms, or intrusion alarms, following emergency response procedures.
  • Monitors and ensures a sound, ethical environment.
  • Plans, directs, or coordinates security activities to safeguard company assets, employees, guests, or others on company property.
  • Develops, implements, manages, or evaluates policies and methods to protect personnel against harassment, threats, or violence.
  • Develops, conducts, supports, or assists in governmental reviews, internal corporate evaluations, or assessments of the overall effectiveness of facility and personnel security processes.
  • Communicates security status, updates, and actual or potential problems, using established protocols.
  • Assesses risks to mitigate potential consequences of incidents and develops a plan to respond to incidents.
  • Trains subordinate security professionals or other organization members in security rules and procedures.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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