- 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.