An airport security officer’s job responsibilities can range from patrolling the airport, guarding the airport boundaries, and searching aircraft, passengers and luggage.
A good airport security officer will be self motivated, patient, have great observation skills, and be a good communicator (both verbally and non verbally).
To become an airport security officer, you won’t usually need any formal academic qualifications. However, a good standard of education is preferred by employers as it will help you in your role.
Previous experience of working in the police or the armed forces could also be useful, as skills gained in these professions can be transferred.
You will be required to have a good level of physical fitness to enable you to respond to immediate incidents at short notice.
As you will come into contact with thousands of passengers on a daily basis, customer service skills are also highly valued by employers.
When applying for vacancies, employers will carry out checks on your personal and work history, and you will need to notify them of any previous criminal convictions.
If you are employed by an agency or contractor which provides contract security services, you will need a Security Industry Authority (SIA) front line licence.
To qualify for this, you must be aged 18 or over, pass identity and criminal record checks, and complete the relevant approved SIA training. You can take an approved SIA course at a college or training centre before applying for work.