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Security Career Paths

Security roles fall into four main categories: Screening, Training, Inspection and Security Specializations. Most employees start as TSO or SSA then continue to more advanced positions, but it depends on their experience and the role they're pursuing. Both TSO and SSA positions are entry-level; however, the SSA role has a quicker hiring process, and provides employees an opportunity to convert to the TSO position. See below for career path options, to learn more about how these positions differ and how to grow within the Security career path.

Security Hiring Process and Eligibility

We've outlined the hiring process to show what you can expect. If you have any questions along the way, you can reach out to human resources or the point of contact listed on each Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA).


Complete and Submit Application

Create an account on USAJOBSUSAJOBS and submit your application. Be sure to include all your skills and competencies applicable to the position. Once you’re ready to submit, double check that you’ve provided any additional documentation asked for in the JOA.  Step-by-step guidance.



If you’re one of the best-qualified candidates, a supervisor or hiring official will request and schedule an in-person or telephone interview. The interviews consist of tests designed to measure a variety of competencies important to performance on the job.


Clearance and Evaluations

There will be additional clearances and evaluations you must pass before you can accept a position. For specific information about a position, review the entire JOA.


TSA accepts candidates of all different backgrounds and experience levels. Our basic requirements include:


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The People of TSA

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