Alarm, Security or Surveillance Monitors monitor security alarms, CCTV and other surveillance equipment, and contact supervisors, police or fire brigades if security is breached or fire is detected.

    You can work as an Alarm, Security or Surveillance Monitor without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in security operations might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Watches for irregularities such as broken water-pipes and fire hazards and takes action to prevent fire, accidental loss or criminal activity.
    • Monitors alarms and contacts supervisors, police and fire brigades by radio or phone if security is breached or fire is detected.

    All Security Officers and Guards

    • $1,318 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Alarm, Security and Surveillance Monitors

    • 910 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 29% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Alarm, Security and Surveillance Monitors (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 770 in 2011 to 910 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Alarm, Security and Surveillance Monitors work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Construction; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 29% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety75.1
    Construction3.7
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.7
    Arts and Recreation Services2.5
    Other Industries15.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAlarm, Security and Surveillance MonitorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.831.6
    VIC28.325.6
    QLD15.220.0
    SA5.77.0
    WA9.210.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT1.61.0
    ACT0.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAlarm, Security and Surveillance MonitorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.0-5.05.0
    20-248.3-9.39.3
    25-3430.1-22.922.9
    35-4425.8-22.022.0
    45-5420.9-21.621.6
    55-597.3-9.09.0
    60-645.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationAlarm, Security and Surveillance MonitorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree11.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV26.4-21.121.1
    Year 1225.8-18.118.1
    Year 115.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below12.6-12.512.5

    You can work as an Alarm, Security or Surveillance Monitor without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in security operations might be helpful.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as an Alarm, Security or Surveillance Monitor.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • first aid certificate
    • security clearance

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    Employers look for Security Officers and Guards who can connect with others, are trustworthy, responsible and reliable.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Public Safety and Security

      63% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    2. Computers and Electronics

      58% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    3. Law and Government

      58% Skill level

      How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

    4. Education and Training

      56% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Mathematics

      55% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Telephone

      95% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    2. Contact With Others

      91% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      87% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      87% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    5. Electronic Mail

      84% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-9031.00 - Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators.

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