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Getting A Job With The TSA

The Transportation Security Administration hires individuals to serve as officers in areas of transit. TSA officers are responsible for safeguarding airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and public transit systems.

Some of their job activities include:

  • Discover and stop emerging transportation security threats, utilizing state of the art technology
  • Educate and provide friendly customer service to travelers
  • Screen passengers and gather intelligence
  • Coordinate security involving aviation, rail, and other surface and maritime transportation
  • Oversee most transportation-related responsibilities of the federal government during a national emergency

In order to perform the job candidates must be able to:

  • Repeatedly lift and carry up to 70 pounds
  • Continuously stand between one (1) to four (4) hours without a break to carry out screening functions
  • Walk up to two (2) miles during a shift
  • Communicate with the public, giving directions and responding to inquiries in a professional and courteous manner
  • Maintain focus and awareness and work within a stressful environment which includes noise from alarms, machinery, and people, distractions, time pressure, disruptive and angry passengers, and the requirement to identify and locate potentially life threatening devices and devices intended on creating massive destruction

Jobs can be found at the federal governments career webpage as usajobs.gov. The TSA website recommends when looking for a position to:

1. Find the Job that is Right for You

Learn about the TSA and decide what part of our agency interests you. We do more than screen travelers at airports so take the time to find out where you fit. When you’re ready, find an opportunity near you by viewing announcements on our website.

2. Review the Job Announcement

Job announcements provide important information about job qualifications, duties, salary, location, benefits, and security requirements. Here, you will be able to determine if your interests, education, and professional background make you a good candidate for the job