Like so many other industries, locksmithing has changed dramatically with the times. Modern locksmiths work with the same pin-and-tumbler locks that were developed in Egypt 4,000 years ago, but they may also work with the sophisticated systems in high-security facilities in government and business. These days, that could include everything... from magnetic strip machines to retinal scanning systems.
Locksmiths create, repair, and defeat locks of all kinds. Most locksmiths these days are in the business of installing lock sets and key control systems, including electronic systems. Locksmiths may also be asked to give a security assessment in a client's home or business.
Locksmithing programs give individuals the training and certification they need to begin a career in the field, or the credentials to take their business to the next level. Many programs allow students to train at home following an online format, using interactive media to learn important techniques and master the tools of the trade. A curriculum may include coursework in metal working, electronics, key identification, lock mechanisms, safe repair, and home and business security systems. Formal training/licensure requirements to work as a locksmith vary by state.
Locksmiths are creative problem-solvers with an eye for detail—and usually a surgeon's precision. The field attracts people who like to work with their hands and enjoy a challenge. It is also a field with great potential for self-employment. Those who own their own business are able to set their own fees and schedule.