Where Do Locksmiths Work?

By: Peter

Locksmithing is the art of opening or closing locks without the facility of the original key. Locksmiths also repair, replace and rebuild all locks and their mechanical parts. They are also able to duplicate keys.
A locksmith has many options available to them in terms of job opportunities. Though you may think of them as the people who get you into your car, there is so much more. Sure, many choose to open their own businesses. They re-key homes, install locks, and help you when you are locked in or out of something. They may even be a mobile service working out of a vehicle rather than an office. However, that is certainly not to say that those are the only options available.
One option for a locksmith is that they may choose to work in a car dealership. Car dealerships constantly have to change car locks as a safety issue on used cars. They may also help design master keys for multiple locks in the building or on certain cars. Either way, there is plenty for the locksmith to do.


Construction firms, obviously, have needs for a locksmith. Whether it is installing the locks in a new building or home, or re-keying the locks on a renovated one, there is a lot of work to be done. In addition, they may be asked to pick locks on an old renovation or design master keys for new homes so that owners can function with just one key.
Locksmiths work with people and therefore require a positive, pleasant and supportive attitude towards them. This profession requires mechanical aptitude, good eye-hand co-ordination, excellent eyesight, meticulous accuracy, manual dexterity, the ability to concentrate well and neat appearance of the person. A good reputation will preserve the public's confidence in the locksmith. A keen sense of right and wrong is essential, as locksmiths are the "guardians of security". Above all, s must be honest, discreet and able to instill confidence. This career involves a lot of responsibility and public trust.
Locksmiths who work in retail outlets give advice and sell security products to the general public. This may include selling padlocks and safes, and producing duplicate keys either by hand or using key cutting machinery. Some locksmiths work for specialist firms, advising property owners on security issues.
Security firms may be one of the biggest employers. A locksmith can design locks for a security firm. They may also design keys or even pick locks for emergency situations. No matter what, though, a locksmith at a security firm rarely has a dull moment on the job.
Similar to security firms, rescue services need locksmiths. When someone is trapped in a car or building, being able to quickly pick a lock and get to them is a valuable asset. To that end, many rescue services keep a locksmith on payroll and on call for emergencies. This can often be the most gratifying work for locksmiths.
The demand for locksmiths is limited. Security consciousness is constantly increasing; therefore opportunities may favor locksmiths, who know how to install and service electronic security systems.

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