A public security administrator forms and administers the policies of public agencies as they relate to security issues. Public security administrators manage both employees and resources and are held publicly accountable for their work. They draft legislation and are responsible for overseeing the security policies they create.
|Required Education||Bachelor of Public Administration; some positions require a Master of Public Administration|
|Job Skills||Communication, management and leadership, public security procedures, good decision making, detail-oriented behavior|
|Median Salary (2017)*||$94,020 (Administrative Services Managers)|
|Career Outlook (2016-2026)*||10% (Administrative Services Managers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A career as a public security administrator requires at least a 4-year Bachelor of Public Administration, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) may be necessary for some positions. These degree programs include such classes as public finance, policy analysis, and public management. Some colleges and universities offer programs in homeland security that also can prepare students for careers in public security administration.
Public security administrators must have in-depth knowledge of public security procedures and protocols. They also must possess the necessary communication skills to effectively manage people. Public security administrators should be extremely detail-oriented and decisive.
The field of public security administration is growing rapidly as all levels of government increasingly focus on public safety. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), administrative managers in general earn a median annual income of $94,020, as of May 2017. The BLS notes that those with high-level degrees are more likely to find careers in public security administration. According to the BLS, jobs in this field are expected to increase 10% from 2016-2026, which is average compared to other occupations.
Alternate Career Options
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