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Locksmith

Locksmiths install, repair and maintain locks for homes and businesses.

Potential salary

£16,000 to £30,000

Employment by 2024

-4.65%

Working hours

42 to 44 a week

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • analytical thinking skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • fitting locks to doors and windows
  • selling, servicing and repairing locks and other security devices
  • cutting copies of keys and making new keys
  • fitting combination locks and timing devices to safes
  • repairing locks on motor vehicles
  • providing a call-out service to people locked out of their home or business or after break-ins

You could work at a client's business or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

You could work for a national company, run a franchise or become self-employed.

You can find out more about careers in locksmithing from the Master Locksmiths Association.

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