Job type

Security systems installer

£19k - £32k

Typical salary

38 – 43

Hours per week

Security systems installers fit and service electronic systems that detect intruders or control access to buildings and sites.

More info

  • Fit and service electronic systems that detect intruders
  • You'll need practical skills and the ability to follow technical plans and instructions
  • You could set up your own company or progress to supervising teams


  • Discussing security plans with customers
  • Carrying out site surveys
  • Installing security systems, like building access controls, fire and intruder alarms, and electronic surveillance equipment
  • Testing systems and explaining to customers how to operate them
  • Checking and servicing existing systems
  • Responding to call-outs to repair faulty systems


Overtime and weekend work is often available. You may work on a rota that provides 24-hour cover. You'll work both indoors and outdoors. The job can be physically demanding and you'll work at height.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with good practical skills, the ability to follow technical plans and instructions, and problem-solving skills.

There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may ask for GCSEs, or equivalent, in English, maths, science, or a technical subject.

Experience in electrical or electronics work could be helpful and you could study a relevant course with a private training organisation. The National Security Inspectorate and British Security Industry Association have more details on private providers.

You could also take a college course like Level 2 Certificate in Knowledge of Electronic Security and Emergency Systems or Level 3 Diploma in Electronic, Security and Emergency Systems.

You'll need colour-normal vision and security clearance before you can start work.

Alternatively you could get into this career by completing an advanced apprenticeship in security systems. You could also do a smart home technician advanced apprenticeship, if you install and set up 'smart' security systems in people's homes, like intruder alarms, sensors, and monitoring equipment controlled through connected devices.


With experience, you could set up your own company, or progress to supervising teams of sales, installation or maintenance staff. You could also specialise in areas like designing new security systems.