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Census Comparison Shows What’s Changed Past 2 Years

The March issue of SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION features the results of our third, biannual Security Industry Demographic Census. The 2010 study includes nearly 300 managers from all levels of installing security dealer and systems integration organizations, many of whom came via the gracious and appreciated assistance of the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and (ISC organizer) Reed Exhibitions.



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The March issue of SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION features the results of our third, biannual Security Industry Demographic Census. The 2010 study includes nearly 300 managers from all levels of installing security dealer and systems integration organizations, many of whom came via the gracious and appreciated assistance of the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and (ISC organizer) Reed Exhibitions.

While the printed report is overflowing with loads of compelling and valuable data, space did not provide for comparisons with the prior 2008 study. So, I thought I would list some of them here as a sort of companion to the printed piece. This is the first of two installments I will provide and focuses on the personal or individual data as opposed to the business statistics I will cover in another posting. Here goes ...

INDIVIDUAL COMPARISONS, SSI INDUSTRY DEMOGRAPHIC CENSUS 2010 Vs. 2008


NOTE: The data in parenthesis represents the 2005 results.

Average age: 51 (50)

Percentage male: 90% (92%)

Percentage black/African-American: 1% (2%)

Percentage Latin American, Mexican, Hispanic, Chicano, South American, Cuban: 3% (2%)

Percentage college graduate: 37% (39%)

Percentage some college: 36% (27%)

Percentage graduate degree: 6% (11%)

Percentage married: 84% (85%)

Percentage never married: 4% (7%)


SSI‘s Demographic Census profiles managers, owners and operators of security businesses.

Percentage Democrat: 15% (21%)

Percentage Libertarian: 4% (2%)

Percentage Independent: 9% (11%)

Percentage Catholic: 27% (29%)

Percentage Baptist: 10% (15%)

Percentage 30+ years’ in industry: 23% (16%)

Percentage with law enforcement/firefighting experience: 12%


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Blogs · CSAA · ESA · ISC West · Research · Security Industry Demographic Census · Under Surveillance · All Topics

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Scott Goldfine
Scott joined SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998 and has distinguished himself by producing award-winning, exemplary work. His editorial achievements have included blockbuster articles featuring major industry executives, such as Tyco Electronic Products Group Managing Director Gerry Head; Protection One President/CEO Richard Ginsburg; former Brink’s Home Security President/CEO Peter Michel; GE Interlogix President/CEO Ken Boyda; Bosch Security Systems President/CEO Peter Ribinski; and former SecurityLink President/CEO Jim Covert. Scott, who is an NTS Certified alarm technician, has become a respected and in-demand speaker at security industry events, including presentations at the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting; California Alarm Association (CAA) Summer and Winter Conferences; PSA Security Network Conference; International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC); and Security Industry Association (SIA) Forum. Scott often acts as an ambassador to mainstream media and is a participant in several industry associations. His previous experience as a cable-TV technician/installer and running his own audio company -- along with a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers -- prepared Scott well for his current position. Since graduating in 1986 with honors from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Radio-Television- Film, his professional endeavors have encompassed magazines, radio, TV, film, records, teletext, books, the Internet and more. In 2005, Scott captured the prestigious Western Publisher Maggie Award for Best Interview/Profile Trade for "9/11 Hero Tells Tale of Loses, Lessons," his October 2004 interview with former FDNY Commander Richard Picciotto, the last man to escape the Ground Zero destruction alive.
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