Locksmiths

Locksmiths, or lock experts, are responsible for all aspects of installing and servicing locking devices, such as door and window locks for buildings, door and ignition locks for automobiles, locks on such objects as combination safes and desks, and electronic access control devices. Locksmiths are often considered to be artisans or craftspeople who combine ingenuity with mechanical aptitude. There are approximately 17,400 locksmiths employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Lock Experts
Duties Install and service locking devices, such as door and window locks for buildings, locks on such objects as combination safes and desks, and electronic access control devices
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship required
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Self-Employed or Specialist Locksmith
  • Master Locksmith
  • Locksmith
  • Apprentice Locksmith

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