Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

risk level
Based on 49 votes
by year 2032
or $27.13 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

45% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

31% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 45% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers' job openings is expected to rise 4.7% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers' was $56,430, or $27 per hour

'Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers' were paid 17.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 83,540 people employed as 'Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.06% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers'.

Job description

Install, program, maintain, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

SOC Code: 49-2098.00


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Matt (Low) says
Life safety infrastructure installation, inspecting and service require a very real-world presence to perform. With the combination of to-code knowledge and physical system interaction unless the AI has a highly dexterous and physically complex chassis to move it around I can not see AI effectively installing, servicing or inspecting life safety systems.
Apr 15, 2023 at 02:30 PM
JR (Low) says
What type of robot is capable of pulling cable, installing cams, terminating cat 6, and configuring a system?
Aug 04, 2022 at 02:38 PM
Mason (No chance) says
are people expecting Boston dynamics robots to come out?
Feb 06, 2021 at 11:17 PM
Lance (No chance) says
There is almost no way to practically (and economically) automate the action of installing physical devices (alarms, smoke detectors), programming fire alarm control panels, running wires, and testing the system.
Mar 03, 2020 at 04:55 AM
Jamie (No chance) says
Smoke detectors require manual testing and smoke to be put through. Even if catridges were used they would require replacing

Cabling requires fitting, breaks in cable require repairing. Devices need fitting, replacing, over desks etc

How does a robot remove a ceiling tile, go above the ceiling, navigate around plant equipment, test the devices, return the ceiling tile, reminder its pitch black above ceilings and 90% of sites have devices fitted but not where they say they are.
Aug 16, 2019 at 08:11 PM

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