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Working As A Transportation Security Officer

  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $39,190

    Average Salary

What Does A Transportation Security Officer Do At Transportation Security Administration

* Performing training instruction within established guidelines and standards in support of nationally developed training programs (e.g., new hire training, On
* Screen Alarm Resolution Protocol, Crossover); supporting recurrent training needs, and conducting return to duty and remediation training.
* Adapting/developing local training materials to meet requirements; conducting local training in accordance with training standards; assisting with the training department administrative support (e.g., Online Learning Center (OLC) entry, training resource room facilitation, roster management, conducting testing, and ensuring evaluations are done); assisting with training logistics support components (e.g., coordinating needed supplies and materials); managing classroom dynamics; resolving routine classroom problems; monitoring and evaluating training and providing feedback on needed adjustments; recommending enhancements; and maintaining communication with management and supervisors concerning issues with training that may reveal security-screening weaknesses or vulnerabilities.
* As directed, providing mentoring/coaching to address identified training needs.
* Administering and scoring training tests (e.g., job knowledge, image).
* Assisting with PASS Practical Skills Observations (PSOs) and conducting Level 3 Assessments, as needed

What Does A Transportation Security Officer Do At Transportation Security Administration

* TSOs are required to adhere to the Personal Appearance Standard that requires a neat, clean and professional appearance while on duty or while wearing a uniform.
* This includes adherence to policies on accessories and grooming.
* For example, with the exception of 1/4 inch stud-type earrings, body and/or tongue piercing may not be visible to the public.
* In addition, tattoos must be covered at all times and not visible to the public (visible tattoos are defined as those present on the body anywhere outside of the standard long-sleeved TSO uniform).
* Each airport's Federal Security Director has the discretion whether to permit exceptions and allow visible tattoos to be covered by an acceptable band or skin-colored make-up that does not detract from the TSO uniform.
* Work Schedules for Part-time Positions:
* Specific work shifts and schedules will be determined by the airport.
* Part-time shifts generally range from 16
* hours per week
* Part-time work consists of shift-work on any day from Sunday through Saturday, which may include irregular hours, nights, holidays, overtime, extended shifts and weekend shifts, changing shifts, and split shifts
* A "split-shift" consists of any two work shifts, each lasting at least two (2) hours in one 24-hour period, with at least two (2) hours between work shifts
* Maintaining Employment:
* All TSOs must maintain the standard level of certification and fitness for duty, to include:
* Completing classroom training, on-the-job training, and all initial certification testing
* Recurrent and specialized training and recertification tests on a periodic basis
* Passing background investigations, including a criminal check and credit check, and all randomly administered drug and alcohol screening tests
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* How You Will Be Evaluated
* You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
* If you meet the minimum qualifications, you may be invited to take a Computer Based Test (CBT) to confirm English language proficiency and evaluate x-ray interpretation aptitude.
* Upon passing the CBT, you will be eligible to be scheduled for additional assessments, which include: (1) a structured interview to determine, among other qualities, your decision making skill and your ability to work with teams and the general public; (2) a drug screening; and, (3) a job related medical evaluation that includes a color vision test, vision exam, hearing exam, and adequate joint mobility exam (in part to determine the physical potential to repeatedly lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds, to stand for prolonged periods (e.g.
* hours) of time without a break, and to walk up to three miles during a shift).
* Upon passing these assessments, you will be subject to a pre-hire background investigation.
* Based upon passing the pre-hire background investigation and a qualitative evaluation of the criteria above, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
* Best Qualified:
* Applicants demonstrating a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
* Highly Qualified:
* Applicants demonstrating a more than satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
* Qualified:
* Applicants demonstrating minimal or basic satisfactory qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
* For more information on TSO eligibility standards and background requirements, please Click Here.
* For more information on TSO medical requirements, please Click Here.
* To preview questions please click here.
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* Background checks and security clearance
* Security clearance
* Not Applicable
* Required Documents
* Help
* Required Documents
* If you are claiming Veteran's Preference based upon period of service, a compensable disability, a widow or spouse entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, please submit a copy of the following documents, as applicable: Form DD
* Certification of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy), Form SF
* Application for 10
* Point Veterans' Preference, and any documentation that supports your claim (e.g., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later.
* Please refer to the SF
* form to determine what documentation is required.
* To access this form, please Click Here.)
* A copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF
* if you are a current or former Federal employee.
* Current or former U
* S. Postal Service employees should submit a copy of their Notification of Personnel Action (PS

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Transportation Security Officer Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Hindi

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Korean

  • Greek

  • Tagalog

  • Cantonese

  • Ukrainian

  • Dakota

  • Carrier

  • Urdu

  • Vietnamese

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Top Transportation Security Officer Skills

  1. Angry Passengers
  2. Bag Checks
  3. Security Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed disruptive and angry passengers in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Performed bag checks to ensure unauthorized items do not enter the sterile area.
  • Attend security meetings and participate in informational briefings concerning security procedures and sensitive or classified information.
  • Background investigation completed and approved by the FBI for the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration.
  • Served to protect the traveling public by preventing any deadly or dangerous objects from being transported onto an aircraft.

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