The security industry in Australia generates around $4.5 billion of revenue providing jobs to over 170,000 employees (ASIAL).
What type of person would this job suit?
- You’ll need to be physically fit with good reflexes
- Possess exceptional emotional intelligence and self-control
- Be observant, able to remain alert and focused for long periods
- Be a quick and critical thinker who remains calm under pressure
- Have good communication skills – verbal, non-verbal and written, as well as other customer service skills
- Be able to remain objective and professional at all times
Other industries security workers might be employed:
- Law enforcement, defence and intelligence
- Law and corrections
- Travel and transport
- Events and entertainment
- Personal Protection
- Business and Retail
- Border control and Biosecurity
If a career working in security interests you, you’ll have lots of options about which career and industry in which you’d like to work. Plus, there’s a variety of pathways to get you there.
If you’ve completed Year 10 at high school and would like to enter the workplace as a security officer, the absolute minimum you’ll need is a Certificate II in Security Operations from a registered RTO. You may even be able to complete some of your training online.
You may also need to obtain a security license, the requirements vary between jobs, states and territories. So you’ll have to check if you will need one before you can apply.
If you’d like to go to University, there are plenty of degrees that could qualify you for roles within this industry. Completing a degree (especially if you get work experience through an internship or cadetship), could allow you to apply for more senior and professional roles once you graduate.
Completing a Bachelor of Public and Safety Security from Charles Sturt could pave the way for a career in policing, law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, or juvenile and social justice.
The Bachelor of Security Studies from Macquarie is also designed to qualify you for a range of careers in security and intelligence, policymaking and criminal justice.
Certificate II & Security License
Protecting assets including property, equipment, personnel or money from damage, theft and other criminal or unsafe activities.
You could be working on-site, patrolling, monitoring alarm systems and surveillance equipment, or taking action to prevent and minimise danger or threats.
You could expect to earn over $50,000 per year but this could vary hugely depending on your skills, experience and employer.
Apprenticeship or traineeship
Install, set up, maintain and repair security systems in homes, businesses and public settings.
Technicians earn an average of $60,000 per year.
Works in centralised control rooms, monitoring and controlling a bank of screens linked to surveillance cameras placed in public places, buildings and places. Monitoring and reporting any unusual or illegal activity.
The average salary for this role is $63,000 per year.
Border Force Officer
Completed Year 12 / Year 10 with a trade certificate /Year 10 with a Cert IV and/or equivalent and then complete Border Force Officer Recruit Training Program (BFORT)
Manage the security of Australia’s borders, working at international airports, seaports or outposts along the coast. Preventing the illegal entry into Australia of people, animals and prohibited, quarantined or dutiable goods.
As a trainee or cadet you could expect to earn an average of $45,000 per year, as a graduate the average salary is $60,000 depending on specialisation and experience.
Security Operations Manager
Diploma (e.g. of Security and Risk Management)
Oversee all aspects of an organisation’s security, with responsibility for the safety of staff, the organisation and its assets. With supervisory and advisory functions. Interviewing, hiring, training, managing, and evaluating security staff.
Reporting to upper management and working in conjunction with the organisational needs to plan and implement security and public safety measures for an organisation. Analyse and assess safety and security protocols and procedures, recommend and implement changes or improvements.
The average salary for this role is $100,000 per year.
Growth in this industry is strong and expected to remain so.