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Locksmiths - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, locksmiths:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They communicate with customers daily.
  • Often deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous customers.
  • Are responsible for their work outcomes.
  • Communicate with customers in person, by telephone and by email.
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  • Occasionally write letters and memos.
  • Sometimes work in a group or as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsibility for the health and safety of their customers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work both indoors and outdoors in varying weather conditions.
  • Are often exposed to extremely bright or inadequate lighting.
  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable, such as noise from the key cutting machine.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous equipment. Sometimes locksmiths may get minor cuts
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  • Often must wear protective attire, such as glasses.
  • Frequently worked in cramped places that require getting into awkward positions.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants such as dust.
  • Work somewhat close to other people, such as when unlocking a car.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work. Errors could result in locks that do not work well.
  • Must repeat the same physical activities, such as taking apart broken locks.
  • Make decisions on a daily basis that affect the employer's reputation. They rarely consult a supervisor before making a decision.
  • Are able to set most tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor.
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  • Must meet strict deadlines on a weekly basis.


  • Are usually on-call to respond when customers lock themselves out.
  • Usually work 40 hours a week or more.
  • May work days, evenings, or weekends.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.