Also known as Certified Master Locksmith (CML), Certified Master Safe Cracker, Certified Master Safecracker (CMS), Forensic Locksmith, Lock Technician, Locksmith, Registered Safe Technician (RST), Road Service Locksmith, Safe Technician, Vault Technician
Also known as Certified Master Locksmith (CML), Certified Master Safe Cracker, Certified Master Safecracker (CMS)
Locksmiths repair and open locks, make keys, change locks and safe combinations, and install and repair safes.
Locksmiths are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Locksmiths. More generally, Locksmiths are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Locksmith is $43,690, and the average salary is $46,240. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Locksmith salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Locksmiths earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Locksmiths earn less than $27,080 per year, 25% earn less than $33,690, 75% earn less than $57,850, and 90% earn less than $69,170.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Locksmiths is expected to change by -2.1%, and there should be roughly 1,800 open positions for Locksmiths every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Locksmith are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Locksmiths typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Locksmith tend to value Independence, Working Conditions, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Locksmiths moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Locksmiths moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Lastly, Locksmiths moderately value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Locksmiths must consistently demonstrate qualities such as integrity, dependability, and attention to detail.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Locksmiths, ranked by importance:
Working as a Locksmith usually requires a high school diploma.
Locksmiths need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Locksmiths may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, customer and personal service, or public safety and security knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Locksmiths might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Locksmiths must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Locksmiths need abilities such as finger dexterity, control precision, and arm-hand steadiness in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Locksmiths, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Locksmiths frequently use skills like repairing, time management, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Locksmiths, ranked by their relative importance.
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