Corporate Security Jobs
Corporate Security Job Overview
Corporate security jobs can cover a wide range of specialties, including theft prevention guards and security analysts. The type of position that one pursues will greatly affect education requirements, job growth, and salary; however, there are commonalities across the industry. Some basic duties include:
- Preventing theft
- Detaining accused criminals until police arrive
- Providing evidence for prosecution
- Improving security systems
- Restricting access to sensitive areas and data
Candidates who enjoy working directly with the public should consider security guard jobs. Those who prefer using complex information systems should consider pursuing careers in information security.
Corporate Security Job Education Requirements
Security guards should have high school diplomas or the equivalent. The job typically requires a short period of on-the-job training. Information security analysts need a bachelor's degree, preferably in a subject such as mathematics or computer science. Although the jobs do not require graduate degrees, professionals who earn master's or doctoral degrees often have more job opportunities that earn larger salaries.
Corporate Security Job Market
Security guards can expect their industry to grow by 12 percent between 2012 and 2022, adding 130,200 jobs to the market. This is an average growth rate for U.S. industries. Information security specialists can expect rapid industry growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the industry will grow by 37 percent between 2012 and 2022. That's 27,400 jobs in addition to the 75,100 that existed in 2012.
People working corporate security jobs have more employment opportunities depending on where they live. California, for instance, had over 140,000 security jobs in 2013 while Illinois had 50,990. Illinois is still one of the top five markets for security guards.
For corporate security jobs that oversee information technology, Virginia is a top market with 10,330 positions in 2013. Other large job markets include California (8,260), Texas (6,550), and New York (5,040).
Corporate Security Job Salary Information
Corporate security job salaries vary significantly by position and location. Security guards earned a median wage of $24,020 in 2012. Top earners made just over $43,000 in 2013, while guards in the lowest 10 percent earned about $17,500, which is only slightly higher than the national minimum wage.
Information security specialists earned a median salary of $86,170 during 2012. Top earners made $138,780 in 2013. The job's lowest earners made about $50,400. Corporate security jobs that earn the most money are located in the Sacramento area. The annual mean wage there was $142,200 in 2013. Other high-paying markets include Norwich, CT ($141,500); New York City ($120,460); and Santa Rosa, CA ($115,090).