What is a Locksmith?

Also known as: Certified Master Locksmith, Certified Registered Locksmith, Registered Locksmith, Lock Technician.

A locksmith is a professional who is trained in locksmithing or the skill of making locks. Of course, they are more popular for their other task, which is to open locks without the keys designed for them. Locksmiths are also professionals that design and form keys since the term also implies shaping metals.

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What does a Locksmith do?

There is a saying in the security industry that "locks keep only honest people out." It is for this same reason that there is a huge demand for locksmiths. A lot of homeowners need the services of a locksmith when they get locked outside their homes and they are kept out by their own locks.

There is a common misconception that locksmiths only pick locks. While it is true that this is their best known task, they also do several other things. This is why not everyone can be one. Sure, anyone can easily learn how to pick locks thanks to YouTube tutorials, but one also has to know how to do the following things to be considered a well-rounded locksmith:

  • Pick locks
  • Create duplicate keys
  • Install, modify, repair and re-key locks
  • Modify locks
  • Sell and install safes

What is the workplace of a Locksmith like?

One can expect the workplace to be dominated by men since locksmithing is a male-dominated industry. However, this is not to say that there are no female locksmiths. This is especially true today when more and more women are realizing that such a career change can be profitable and exciting.

Other than that, one can expect the workplace to be just a small space with locks and keys all around. There is also a good chance that the centerpiece is a key duplicating machine. There is really no need to have some fancy workplace since locksmiths are typically on call. One can say that the workplace of locksmiths is the area or city that they're servicing.


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