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
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
Alternate Title(s) Lock Experts
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship required
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Self Employed or Specialist Locksmith
  • Master Locksmith
  • Locksmith
  • Apprentice Locksmith

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