Locksmiths install and maintain locks and related security devices and systems.
A certificate III in locksmithing is usually needed to work as a Locksmith.
Assembles parts and sub-assemblies of precision instruments and locks.
Dismantles precision instruments, locks, repairs and replaces defective parts, and reassembles articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines.
Installs security systems, changes tumblers in locks, changes locks, cuts keys and opens locks by manipulation.
May estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Precision Metal Trades Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 87% of people employed as Locksmiths work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 21 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Locksmiths||All Jobs Average|
Around 63% of Locksmiths live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Locksmiths is 37 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 4% of the workforce. This is 44 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Locksmiths||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.7||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A certificate III in locksmithing is usually needed to work as a Locksmith.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Locksmiths||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.4||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||6.9||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Precision Metal Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Fixing machines or systems.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
45%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
41%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
39%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
37%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
37%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Reading work related information.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Looking for ways to help people.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
68%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
65%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
54%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
52%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
50%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
49%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
47%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
41%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
40%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
34%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
30%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
46%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
73%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
71%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
71%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
65%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
65%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
64%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
64%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
63%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
63%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
62%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
60%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
60%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
60%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
57%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
56%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
51%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
48%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
45%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
44%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
92%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
90%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
88%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
88%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
88%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
88%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
86%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Work to strict deadlines.
82%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
81%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
80%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
77%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
75%Outdoors, under cover
Work outdoors, under cover (e.g., in an open shed).
74%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
73%Cramped work space
Work in an awkward position or in cramped work spaces.
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