TSA Screener Job Description & Career Outlook

The Transportation Security Administration employs thousands of individuals known as TSA screeners. TSA screeners are charged with the task of maintaining safety and security at airports across the United States. Note in addition to TSA screeners, there are many opportunities within the Transportation Security Administration including security officers, inspectors, directors, air marshals and managers.

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TSA Screeners are responsible for providing safety for persons traveling through the United States. They screen airline passengers, railways, subways and other means of transportation to help prevent attacks on passengers, transportation employees and the surrounding areas. They use a variety of techniques and equipment to screen individuals who are traveling including x-ray machines, standing and hand held metal detectors, physical searches of persons and luggage, use of canines and other security devices such as cameras and surveillance equipment. TSA agents search for weapons, drugs and other contraband that make travel unsafe.

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TSA agents are federal government employees working for the Department of Homeland Security. Their primary duties include:

  • Discover and stop emerging transportation security threats, utilizing state of the art technology
  • Educate and provide friendly customer service to travelers
  • Screen passengers and gather intelligence
  • Coordinate security involving aviation, rail, and other surface and maritime transportation
  • Oversee most transportation-related responsibilities of the federal government during a national emergency

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How to Become a TSA Screener

Key requirements to become a TSA agent include:

  • Must be a US Citizen or US National; be 18 years old at time of application
  • Be proficient in English; have customer service skills
  • Dependable & operate with integrity; repeatedly lift/carry up to 70 pounds
  • Maintain focus & awareness within a stressful environment
  • Get a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in criminal justice to improve odds of hiring
  • Meet job-related medical standards and pass background investigation

TSA Screener Salary

Average salary for a TSA agent ranges from $29,795.00 to $44,692.00 per year depending on the individual’s level of education and experience.

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TSA Screener Career Outlook

As the United States continues to combat terrorist activity at home and abroad, the opportunities for employment with the Transportation Security Administration continue to grow. As air miles travelled are increasing, TSA screener hiring needs will grow alongside.

TSA Career Related Degrees in Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • M.S.in Criminal Justice - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace
  • Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • M.S.in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Policy and Coordination

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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS - Homeland Security
  • MS - Homeland Security
  • MS - Criminal Justice

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American InterContinental University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor's - Homeland Security and Crisis Management
  • Associate's (AABA) - Criminal Justice Administration
  • Bachelor's - Corrections and Case Management

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Keiser University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, BA
  • Criminal Justice, AA
  • Legal Studies, BA (Online)

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Masters in Criminal Justice: Command College

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Colorado Technical University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Masters of Science in Management in Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Human Services

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Justice Studies
  • B.S. in Public Safety and Emergency Management
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies


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