Security Consultants advise clients on security requirements, and recommend and design security specifications.
Advises clients on security requirements and designing security specifications.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Security Officers and Guards, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 87% of people employed as Security Consultants work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 21 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Security Consultants||All Jobs Average|
Around 80% of Security Consultants live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Security Consultants is 43 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 16% of the workforce. This is 32 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Security Consultants||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||5.4||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A formal qualification in a relevant field (like security operations or security and risk management) and extensive security experience is usually needed to work as a Security Consultant. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.
Registration or licencing may be required.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Security Consultants||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||22.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||3.7||12.5|
Source: 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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Security Officers and Guards who can connect with others, are trustworthy, responsible and reliable.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
55%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
52%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
52%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Teaching people how to do something.
45%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
74%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
70%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
69%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
67%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
65%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
63%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
61%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
60%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
53%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
48%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
44%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
41%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
38%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Read and understand written information.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
48%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
See details that are far away.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
41%Speed of recognition
Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
81%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
78%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
75%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
75%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
70%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
69%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
69%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
69%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
69%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
67%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
65%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
65%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
64%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
64%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
63%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
61%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
60%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
57%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
56%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
52%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
87%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
86%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
82%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
82%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
81%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
78%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
76%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
75%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Work to strict deadlines.
74%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
72%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
72%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
68%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
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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, 13-1199.02 - Security Management Specialists.