Many businesses these days are no longer satisfied with their security comprising of simply alarmed doors and a few security cameras. With competition being fierce inside any industry, it can often be an intelligent idea to keep an eye on your own employees as well as outsiders. Access control systems are a way to bump up your security and enable you to know where people are at specific times of day.

An access control system is a way to control who enters or exits your buildings and premises. The system can include doors, gates, and barriers controlled by telephone or video entries, a computer, or magnetized cards and proximity readers. Whether the system is being installed in an office, a home, an apartment, a hospital, a university, or a hotel, it will make your environment for secure and monitored.

These systems are recommended for any business that needs an audit trail, has employees with varying access privileges, or who has experienced threats due to lost or stolen keys. The audit trail will keep a record, with date and time, of every time a door or lock connected to the system is opened, or has an attempted opening. This can be incredibly helpful for clocking hours, keeping an eye on supplies being used, and knowing if anyone is trying to be somewhere they shouldn’t. In addition, you can program a system or a card to only grant access at certain times or days. If you have a crew coming in every Wednesday evening, there is no reason for them to have access at any other times. And lost keys are a thing of the past when your system is completely computerized. With an access control system, you can delete or renew a credential in just minutes, and with no large additional operating costs.

There are a number of different ways to get into installing and maintaining access control systems. In all cases, you will need a high school diploma. Different technology institutes and online schools offer training programs to receive a certification. Many companies looking to hire access control technicians also want experience in the locksmith trade, to enable you to repair and understand older security systems as well.

Upon becoming an access control technician, the daily duties will generally comprise of the installation, repair and maintenance of electronic and manual locks. The job requires knowledge of previous security systems as well as continuing education to stay informed on what is new in your field. The work can be physically demanding, with a lot of stooping, kneeling and crouching to reach system equipment. You will need excellent vision, or corrective eye ware to make it excellent, and dexterous hands. The hours can often fall outside of the normal business day, so as not to disrupt offices and employees while installing or testing equipment.

The job outlook for the access control field is on the rise, expecting to increase until about 2018. The average wage for an access control technician is usually around $20 an hour, though it can vary greatly from company to company.