Protective Signal Operator

Read and record coded signals.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Protective Signal Operators do?

Reads and records coded signals received in central station of electrical protective signaling system: Interprets coded audible or visible signals received on alarm signal board by direct wire or register tape from subscribers’ premises that indicate opening and closing of protected premises, progress of security guard, unlawful intrusions, or fire. Reports irregular signals for corrective action. Reports alarms to police or fire department. Posts changes of subscriber opening and closing schedules. Prepares daily alarm activity and subscriber service reports. May adjust central station equipment to ensure uninterrupted service. May dispatch security personnel to premises after receiving alarm.


Should I be a Protective Signal Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to Become a
    Protective Signal Operator

    Most Protective Signal Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9pacaa&chl=no+college+%2876%25%29|certificate+%2819%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,76,76
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