Look into a Career as a Locksmith

Posted on November 9, 2010 by A-1

Ok so I have the training, now how do I get the job?

Locksmith shops are often a family run business; however, locksmiths DO hire people who aren’t a part of their family. Those interested in a locksmithing job can apply directly to shops, such as A-1Locksmith, or industrial firms, schools, hospitals, and government agencies. Those prospective employees can also try searching job banks on the internet. State and private employment agencies may be helpful in finding a job as well.

What are the possibilities of advancement? How about employment outlook?

Those experienced in locksmithing can become the supervisors or managers in large shops. Many choose to go into business for themselves and often run their business straight from their homes. A small initial investment is needed to get started. Locksmiths can expand their knowledge and strengthen their skills by reading technical journals and taking training classes given by the Associated Locksmiths of America.

The outlook for locksmiths is excellent. The growth of this field will progress as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2014. Security devices for homes and business are something that is wanted as well as needed. The employment outlook is especially good for those aspiring locksmiths who can install and repair electric alarm systems.  The more skills and knowledge you have about locksmithing, the more valuable you become. A-1Locksmith has multitude of skills in their business; they have spent over half a century learning their trade and learning it well.

What kind of working conditions can I expect?

Those locksmiths that work out of small shops are usually well kept, so to speak. Much of their work is done on job sites so conditions will vary. Locksmiths have to work outdoors in different conditions. They sometimes work in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time; they also spend a lot of time driving from job to job. Manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination are also important for locksmiths. Mechanical ability is also essential to have. The ability to get along well with others is also an important quality. The work hours can be long depending on the amount of calls received for after hour’s lock-outs and other emergencies. Those that are self-employed often work more than 48 hours.

What can I expect to earn?

Locksmiths can earn an average of $31,331 per year according to Salary.com and benefits can vary depending on the employer. A total benefits package that includes paid vacation and holidays, health insurance, and pension plans are provided by some employers. Those who work for small shops or are self employed must provide their own benefits.

For all of your locksmithing needs, call A-1 Locksmith at (972) 284-7500 for the call center or for Emergency service, call (972) 284-7516. A-1 Locksmith offers competitive pricing and years of experience and is a name you CAN trust.

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