Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
SOC: 49-2098.00


Install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
64,000 employed

Projected (2024):
72,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Alarm Adjuster
  • Alarm Installer
  • Alarm Technician
  • Burglar Alarm Inspector
  • Burglar Alarm Installer
  • Burglar Alarm Mechanic
  • Electrical Fire Alarm Repairer Inspector
  • Electronic Fire Control Systems Mechanic
  • Electronics Technician
  • Fire Alarm Installer
  • Fire Alarm Mechanic
  • Fire Alarm Technician
  • Home Fire Alarm Installer
  • Home Security Alarm Installer
  • Install Technician
  • Installation Technician
  • Installer
  • Protective Signal Installer
  • Protective Signal Repairer
  • Security Alarm Installer
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Installation Technician
  • Security Installer
  • Security Systems Installer
  • Security Systems Technician
  • Security Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Special Hazards Fire Suppression System Technician
  • Surveillance Operator

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Examine systems to locate problems, such as loose connections or broken insulation.
  • Mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors, or video cameras and attach electrical and telephone wiring to connect components.
  • Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, or related equipment, following blueprints of electrical layouts and building plans.
  • Inspect installation sites and study work orders, building plans, and installation manuals to determine materials requirements and installation procedures.
  • Adjust sensitivity of units, based on room structures and manufacturers' recommendations, using programming keypads.
  • Test and repair circuits and sensors, following wiring and system specifications.
  • Drill holes for wiring in wall studs, joists, ceilings, or floors.
  • Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details, such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.
  • Consult with clients to assess risks and to determine security requirements.
  • Keep informed of new products and developments.
  • Mount raceways and conduits and fasten wires to wood framing, using staplers.
  • Provide customers with cost estimates for equipment installation.
  • Prepare documents, such as invoices or warranties.
  • Order replacement parts.
  • Feed cables through access holes, roof spaces, or cavity walls to reach fixture outlets, positioning and terminating cables, wires, or strapping.
  • Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, or other security features to ensure proper functioning or to diagnose malfunctions.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Battery analyzers
  • Bayonet Neill-Concelman BNC cable strippers
  • Bayonet Neill-Concelman BNC crimpers
  • Bubble levels
  • Butane soldering irons
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Claw hammers
  • Color bar generators
  • Cordless drills
  • Crimping lugs
  • Decibel meters
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital ohmmeters
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Digital voltmeters DVM
  • Electric soldering irons
  • Electrical frequency meters
  • Extension ladders
  • Fiber optics testers
  • Field strength meters
  • Flat blade screwdrivers
  • Flexible wire pullers
  • Hammer drills
  • Inductive probes
  • Jeweler's flat blade screwdrivers
  • Jeweler's Phillips screwdrivers
  • Laptop computers
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Offset socket wrench sets
  • Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Personnel lifts
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Portable video monitors
  • Precision phasemeters
  • Razor knives
  • Rolling scaffolds
  • Spade lugs
  • Staple guns
  • Telephone test sets
  • Tone generators
  • Vectorscopes
  • Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Wire cutting tools
  • Wire pullers
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Hyperterminal
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Traceroute

  • installation maintenance and repair

    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990