There are currently an estimated 28,700 locksmiths in the United States. The locksmith job market is expected to shrink by -3.1% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are locksmiths?
CareerExplorer rates locksmiths with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 3,300 locksmiths. That number is based on the retirement of 4,200 existing locksmiths.
Are locksmiths in demand?
The job market for locksmiths is predicted to remain stagnant. The positions created in the field will result solely from the need to replace retirees. No actual growth in this occupation is expected to occur. While there is a continuing need for servicing key-operated mechanical locks, that demand is steadily declining and young people do not seem especially attracted to the traditional locksmith role. New entrants to the field will enhance their marketability by broadening their skills to respond to electronic and computerized security demands. The Certified Alarm Technician course, offered by the Electronic Security Association and endorsed by the Associated Locksmiths of America, is among the specialized training recommended for modern-day locksmiths. Locksmiths who remain up to date with lock and alarm technologies will be best equipped to take advantage of demand in the field created by new construction of residential and commercial properties. As the security industry transitions to electronic locking systems, locksmiths must be willing to change and adapt in order to stay relevant.
What’s the supply of locksmiths?
The locksmith industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida
Locksmith job market by state
|State Name||Employed Locksmiths|
|District of Columbia||30|