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33-9093.00 - Transportation Security Screeners

Conduct screening of passengers, baggage, or cargo to ensure compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations. May operate basic security equipment such as x-ray machines and hand wands at screening checkpoints.

The occupation code you requested, 33-9099.01 (Transportation Security Officers), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 33-9093.00 (Transportation Security Screeners) instead.

Sample of reported job titles: Security Screener, Transportation Security Officer (TSO)

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Inspect carry-on items, using x-ray viewing equipment, to determine whether items contain objects that warrant further investigation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Search carry-on or checked baggage by hand when it is suspected to contain prohibited items such as weapons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check passengers' tickets to ensure that they are valid, and to determine whether passengers have designations that require special handling, such as providing photo identification. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test baggage for any explosive materials, using equipment such as explosive detection machines or chemical swab systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform pat-down or hand-held wand searches of passengers who have triggered machine alarms, who are unable to pass through metal detectors, or who have been randomly identified for such searches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Notify supervisors or other appropriate personnel when security breaches occur. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Send checked baggage through automated screening machines, and set bags aside for searching or rescreening as indicated by equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Decide whether baggage that triggers alarms should be searched or should be allowed to pass through. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Follow those who breach security until police or other security personnel arrive to apprehend them. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inform other screeners when baggage should not be opened because it might contain explosives. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect checked baggage for signs of tampering. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Ask passengers to remove shoes and divest themselves of metal objects prior to walking through metal detectors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Close entry areas following security breaches or reopen areas after receiving notification that the airport is secure. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Challenge suspicious people, requesting their badges and asking what their business is in a particular areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Patrol work areas to detect any suspicious items. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Contact police directly in cases of urgent security issues, using phones or two-way radios. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record information about any baggage that sets off alarms in monitoring equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Watch for potentially dangerous persons whose pictures are posted at checkpoints. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Contact leads or supervisors to discuss objects of concern that are not on prohibited object lists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confiscate dangerous items and hazardous materials found in opened bags and turn them over to airlines for disposal. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor passenger flow through screening checkpoints to ensure order and efficiency. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inform passengers of how to mail prohibited items to themselves, or confiscate these items. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide directions and respond to passenger inquiries. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct passengers to areas where they can pick up their baggage after screening is complete. See more occupations related to this task.
  • View images of checked bags and cargo, using remote screening equipment, and alert baggage screeners or handlers to any possible problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Locate suspicious bags pictured in printouts sent from remote monitoring areas, and set these bags aside for inspection. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Chemical test strips or papers — Chemical detection testing kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Loupes — Magnifying loupes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic particle examination equipment — Body imaging scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal detectors — Handheld metal detectors; Walk-through metal detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment — Millimeter wave imaging units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps — Black lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Weapon or explosives detectors and supplies — Explosive detection systems; Explosive trace portals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray radiography examination equipment — Backscatter imaging units; CastScope machines; X ray security inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer based training software — Threat Image Protection TIP software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Inspect cargo to identify potential hazards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Search individuals for illegal or dangerous items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Request emergency personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine personal documentation to ensure that it is valid. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain surveillance of individuals or establishments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor access or flow of people to prevent problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prevent unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Patrol properties to maintain safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Locate suspicious objects or vehicles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Block physical access to restricted areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inform the public about policies, services or procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record information about suspicious objects. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 69% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 77% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 67% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 78% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 56% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 44% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 52% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 52% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Radiation — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 33% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 37% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 37% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 30% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 33% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 33% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 88% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 33% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 37% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
85   High school diploma or equivalent Help
11   Some college, no degree
4   Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: REC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $18.31 hourly, $38,090 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 51,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 14,700
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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