Transportation Security Officer

TSO Officer ImageTransportation Security Officers (TSOs) are the face of the agency. They serve on the front lines of security and perform the most important role at TSA. For many, working as a TSO has led to a long, fulfilling career with the federal government.

TSA is hiring TSOs for full- and part-time positions across the nation.

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Job Description

TSOs are responsible for providing security and protecting travelers in a courteous and professional manner. Their primary focus is on ensuring the security of air travelers, airports and aircraft and preventing dangerous objects from being transported or used on aircraft. Their duties may also extend to securing high-profile events, important figures and/or anything that includes or impacts our transportation systems.


TSA accepts and encourages candidates of all different backgrounds and experience levels. Our basic requirements for the TSO role include:

  • U.S. citizen or national
  • 18 years of age or older
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent certificate
  • Registered for Selective Service (learn more)
  • Able to pass a federal drug screening, medical evaluation and background investigation
  • Available to work shifts at odd hours, occasional overtime and the ability to travel for training

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