Ever been locked out of your home or lost your car keys? Then you probably know how helpful a locksmith can be.

If you like working with your hands, enjoy problem-solving, and want to help people, then consider becoming a locksmith.

You might be a literal lifesaver for someone!

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What Does A Locksmith Do?

Locksmiths are trained professionals who work with keys and locks. They can install or replace locks, duplicate keys, and even break a lock, without damaging anything.

Typical duties include:

  • Repairing damaged locks andreplacing parts that have defects.

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  • Managing master key systems with designs and maintenance.

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  • Servicing safes and other locking devices by repairing/recoding/rekeying.

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  • Bypassing lock systems to help clients regain access when locked out.

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What would a locksmith do for their clients?

Types Of Locksmiths

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Shop locksmiths

  • Prepare, maintain, and manage key machines and master key systems

  • Prepare, give out, and duplicate keys for clients

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Mobile locksmiths

  • Install, repair, and open locks in the field for homes and cars

  • Install security bars

  • Maintain safe and vault doors

What Kind Of Training Do I Need?

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  • Employers generally prefer to hire people with at least a high school education.

  • Obtain a license or register with the local trade authority. Requirements may vary between countries, regions, and jobs.

  • Complete an apprenticeship program and earn a trade certificate. This will provide you with technical on-the-job training and practical experience.

  • Knowledge of computers, electronics, carpentry, and metalwork is considered useful.

How Much Will You Make?

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$43,861 per year or $19.076 per hour

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$45,000 per year or $18.63 per hour

You'll Love It If...

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  • You're interested in precision and logic.

  • You enjoy manipulating jammed locks or solving puzzles.

  • You want to ensure others' safety and give others a helping hand.

Look For Another Career Path If...

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  • You're not interested in figuring out patterns.

  • You prefer a consistent routine.

  • You hate doing physically demanding things.

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