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11 Associates's Degrees Annually
#209 in Popularity (Associate's)
$48,540 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Security System Installation/Repair Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 52
Associate’s Degree 11

What Security System Installation/Repair Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Security System Installation, Repair, and Inspection Technology/Technician Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Skills for Security System Installation, Repair, and Inspection Technology/Technician Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities for Security System Installation, Repair, and Inspection Technology/Technician Majors

A major in security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

What Can You Do With a Security System Installation/Repair Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 14.2% $47,190

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Security System Installation/Repair?

11 Associate's Degrees Annually
27% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 73% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 5
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Geographic Diversity

Security System Installation, Repair, and Inspection Technology/Technician appeals to people across the globe. About 9.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Security System Installation/Repair Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Security System Installation, Repair, and Inspection Technology/Technician majors often go into careers with median salaries of $48,540. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 41.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 48.6%
Some College Courses 8.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.6%

Online Security System Installation/Repair Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 schools offered some type of security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 1 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Security System Installation/Repair Worth It?

The median salary for a security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician grad is $48,540 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 22% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $172,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to security system installation, repair, and inspection technology/technician.

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 2,794
General Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair 2,779
Computer Installation & Repair Technology/Technician 2,658
Other Electrical/Electronics Maintenance & Repair Technology 586
Communications Systems Installation & Repair Technology 236
Appliance Installation & Repair Technology/Technician 209
Business Machine Repair 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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