What do they do?

Conduct screening of passengers, baggage, or cargo to ensure compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations. May operate basic security equipment such as x-ray machines and hand wands at screening checkpoints.

Also known as:

Security Screener, Transportation Security Officer (TSO)

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Transportation Security Screeners is projected to grow 2 percent from 2020 to 2030, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • 2.7%

    Change

    Ranks #19 in job growth rate
    170

    Job Openings

    Ranks #7 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (4%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (21%)
  • Associate's degree  (12%)
  • Some college, no degree  (38%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (22%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (2%)

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Inspect cargo to identify potential hazards.
  • Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel.
  • Examine personal documentation to ensure that it is valid.
  • Search individuals for illegal or dangerous items.
  • Determine operational procedures.
  • Locate suspicious objects or vehicles.
  • Monitor activities of individuals to ensure safety or compliance with rules.
  • Communicate safety or hazard information to others.
  • Block physical access to restricted areas.
  • Prevent unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas.
  • Patrol properties to maintain safety.
  • Request emergency personnel.
  • Record information about suspicious objects.
  • Maintain surveillance of individuals or establishments.
  • Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items.
  • Monitor access or flow of people to prevent problems.
  • Inform the public about policies, services or procedures.
  • Provide information to the general public.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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