Learn How to Become a TSA Screener
1) Start by earning an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Though entry level TSA jobs do not require this, higher education may be considered when applying for other TSA security jobs.
2) Read more about the TSA security job requirements below.
3) Visit the TSA careers website at tsa.gov for application materials or call the TSA Recruitment Center at 1-877-631-5627.
Learn About a TSA Career Below
TSA screeners perform a variety of duties related to providing security and protection of air travelers, airports and aircraft. You may be responsible for identifying dangerous objects in baggage, cargo and/or on passengers; and preventing those objects from being transported onto aircraft. You are required to perform various tasks such as: wanding, pat down searches, operation of x-ray machines, lift and carry baggage (weighing up to 70 pounds), and ticket review using electronic and imaging equipment.
As a TSA screener, you may perform passenger screening, baggage screening or both. You are expected to perform the following duties in a courteous and professional manner:
- Continuously and effectively interact with the public, giving directions and responding to inquiries in a reasonable tone and manner.
- Maintain focus and awareness within an environment containing numerous distractions, people, and noise.
- Stand and remain standing for periods up to 3 hours without sitting.
- Frequently lift and carry an object weighing up to 70 pounds.
- 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.
- Make effective decisions in both crisis and routine situations.
TSA Salary Information
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2012-13 Occupational Employment Statistics, the median annual salary for Transportation Security Screeners on a Federal level is $37,310. Getting an associates degree in Criminal Justice or Homeland Security may help set you apart from other candidates when being considered for TSA jobs in management or other high level TSA positions.
Whether you want to become a TSA Screener, a transportation security specialist, a TSA security manager or transfer into related jobs such as a federal air marshal, getting a degree in criminal justice, homeland security, or law enforcement may help you reach your goals. Request information from our list of accredited colleges and universities below.