What Does it Take to Become a TSA Agent?

TSA agent checking bagDo you want a job with a variety of tasks that require you to protect the safety and well-being of your fellow Americans? If so, you may want to consider a job as a TSA agent.

Requirements: All TSA jobs require that you are at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and that you successfully complete a full background investigation.  In addition any applicant who is interested in a TSA position must pass a medical examination, physical ability test, as well as a drug and alcohol screening. Applicants must also be able to read, speak and write English. A high school degree is necessary, but to improve your odds of getting hired a bachelors or associates degree in criminal justice is recommended.

TSA agents Duties:  TSA’s provide security for passengers, aircraft and airports. They are directly responsible for front-line passenger and baggage screening. To do this they examine baggage as it runs through X-ray machines, screen passengers with a hand-held wand, and administer walk-through detectors as well as other electronic detectors. They must also secure and montor entry and exit points into secured airport locations, such as terminals or baggae claims.

Training: After fulfilling the basic requirements, you will impart on a series of TSA-facilitated training programs. The first phase is between 56 and 72 hours. It involves computer or classroom-based modules. The second phase gives you an opportunity for on the job practice. This phase runs between 112 and 128 hours.

Salary: Depending on experience and education level your pay will vary, but the average TSA agent can expect to make around $29,795.00 to $44,692.00 a year. Besides their normal salary, TSA agents also have additional benefits.  

TSA agentFor more information about becoming a TSA visit the Transportation Security Administration’s website.