To work as a transportation security screener, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete short-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
No formal education is required beyond high school. However, courses in business practices, computer, and airline operations are valuable.
Applicants must be US citizens and be able to read, speak, and write English. They must also pass a background check and routine alcohol and drug tests. In addition, they must pass a physical and aptitude test to be considered for the job.
Training in a second language can be useful and is required in some jobs.
Some transportation security screeners have started their careers as freight dispatchers, airline ramp agents, or ticket agents.
Transportation security screeners usually learn their skills on the job. You work with an experienced screener who oversees your work. For some tasks, you may receive classroom training. Training may last up to one year.