The job description of a Transportation Security Administration officer also known as a TSA is broad. They work in a variety of departments to ensure the safety of passengers whether on plane, boat, train and also public transportation. There are many positions within the field including the federal air marshal program, canine and explosives detection programs, federal flight deck officers and law enforcement officers.
The federal Air Marshal program trains qualified candidates to defend the United States Airways. They work alone in most cases without the ability to call on the help of other law enforcement departments for help while in the air. Their line of work also requires them to have extreme handgun accuracy. The space with which they have to work in is not that large and is also filled with innocent bystanders. Federal Air Marshals are usually dressed like ordinary passengers so they easily blend with the traveling public. TSA job openings may include positions as a Federal Air Marshal.
Other departments with TSA job openings are the canine and explosives detection programs. This department of transportation safety uses the aid of dogs to help locate potentially harmful and dangerous explosives. Officers and dogs alike are highly trained to work together. Dog’s keen sense of smell helps the officer to quickly identify chemical substances and other harmful elements that may threat the public. The program requires law enforcement officers to be paired with a canine officer who is bred specifically for the job. Both officer and their canine companion must complete a 10 week training course.
The federal flight deck officer's job is to defend against any act of violence performed within the airport or airplane. This program was put into place after the tragedy of 9/11. Eligible candidates may include pilots, navigation officers or even flight engineers. TSA job openings are usually listed within the facility and this position is usually offered to candidates already working within the department of transportation security administration.
If granted the position of a federal flight deck officer the right to carry a firearm onto an airplane is granted as well. Flight deck officers are trained through the federal air Marshal program. They must learn how to properly use force, firearms. Previous duties as a pilot, engineer or navigation officer are still resumed and a flight deck officer is in addition to their other duties. Interested candidates can request more information on TSA job openings through the department of Transportation Security.
Once training is completed, there are a wide variety of available to those seeking them.