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The Transportation Security Administration is a great place to start, build and expand your career. Across law enforcement, technology, security operations and management, we seek dedicated individuals with the skills and desire to help safeguard our nation’s travelers. As part of the Department of Homeland Security, our highly trained professional – 
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Mission, Vision and Values

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a place for those looking to join a mission that matters. We are a team of dedicated individuals who work hard to protect the nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. We offer tremendous career progression and growth, excellent federal benefits, and opportunities to collaborate with a diverse team united in a common mission.


An agile security agency, embodied by a professional workforce, that engages its partners and the American people to outmatch a dynamic threat.

Core Values

Integrity. Respect. Commitment.

At TSA, we believe our greatest asset is our people. Join us and experience a workplace where teamwork is essential.

Join Our Team

Be a part of a team whose mission is to protect the nation's transportation systems through counterterrorism efforts.

More than 2 million passengers are screened every day by a highly trained TSA workforce to ensure the security of the traveling public. TSA comprises nearly 50,000 security officers, inspectors, air marshals and managers who protect the nation’s transportation systems by screening for explosives at airport checkpoints, inspecting rail cars, patrolling subways with law enforcement partners, and working to make all modes of transportation safe. There are more than 450 locations nationwide including field offices, airports and at headquarters in Virginia.

Experience a day in the life of a Transportation Security Officer (TSO), one of TSA’s many Security positions, and see what it is like to work on the front line protecting our nation's transportation systems.

Career Paths

If you are looking to build a rewarding career and serve your country, you’ve come to the right place. TSA offers opportunities for a wide range of candidates — whether you’re an experienced business professional, recent college or high school graduate or transitioning military personnel.  

TSA offers many different career paths:


Security roles fall into four main categories: Screening, Training, Inspection and Security Specializations. Many Security professionals start as Transportation Security Officers (TSOs), who act as the face of the agency and are responsible for screening passengers, baggage and cargo to keep our nation’s transportation systems safe. In addition to the TSO role, there are many security positions that create opportunities for a long, fulfilling career, including Security Support Assistants, Security Training Instructors, Explosives Detection Canine Handlers, and more.

Law Enforcement  

The Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (LE/FAMS) is an innovative, risk- and intelligence-based federal law enforcement organization that proactively mitigates threats involving our nation's transportation system and provides uniquely skilled, multifaceted resources for national security priorities. Federal Air Marshals are deployed to assess, address and mitigate varying potential risks and threats to transportation and travelers.

Mission Support  

As the administrative branch of TSA, Mission Support keeps TSA’s internal operations running efficiently. There are a variety of management, administrative and professional opportunities (MAP) across multiple fields, including intelligence, finance and budget, IT, human resources, training, contracts and acquisitions, legal counsel and more.     


At home and abroad, our executive division implements TSA’s vision and values. Many of these senior leaders started their careers at TSA and use that knowledge to improve and evolve the agency.  

Additional opportunities include:

Student Internships

TSA offers exciting opportunities for students and graduates to explore career options, learn about TSA’s mission and role in homeland security and become the next generation of federal government leaders. Internships are located in the Washington, D.C. metro area and many airports and field offices across the United States. There are both paid and unpaid opportunities, which include positions in Business Administration, Communications, Engineering, Intelligence, and more.

Continue Your Service

Almost 12,000 TSA employees proudly served, or are currently serving, in the United States Military. That’s about 1 in 5 of our current workforce. 

At TSA our core values of integrity, respect and commitment allow veterans to continue honoring their oath of service to the nation and its laws. Veterans serve across TSA in a wide range of positions, including Transportation Security Officers, Federal Air Marshals, Explosives Specialists, Intelligence Analysts, and various other mission support positions.

TSA is committed to providing employment opportunities for qualified, eligible veterans. If you are a veteran who was discharged or released from military service under honorable conditions, you could receive preference during the hiring process. Family members may also be able to claim Veterans’ Preference if the veteran is unable.

Career Advancement

A job with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can be a step into a meaningful and lasting career with the federal government – one that provides stability, excellent benefits and opportunities to advance. Learn more about career advancement opportunities at TSA here.

Inclusion and Diversity

Protecting national security is TSA’s number one responsibility — it’s the reason we exist. Across our agency, we’re proud to have a diverse team comprised of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds — all dedicated to supporting our important mission.

TSA respects the unique characteristics and contributions of each individual employee and believes our workforce should reflect the population we serve—including a diversity of thought, experience and personal background. We promote a diverse and inclusive workplace that allows everyone to reach their fullest potential in support of TSA’s mission.

As part of its Diversity and Inclusion initiative, TSA is committed to promoting positive employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  When considering certain candidates with disabilities (e.g., intellectual, physical or psychiatric), TSA hiring officials are authorized to use a special appointment authority. IWD may apply for a TSA position through a non-competitive hiring process and, if eligible, may be hired through an expedited process that eliminates competitive rating and ranking. For questions, please contact the TSA Help Desk.


Our comprehensive federal benefits packages provide employees with the best possible options.

Medical, Dental and Vision

With the widest selection of health plans in the country, you can choose the coverage that fits your needs.

Life Insurance

Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) provides life insurance coverage for you and your family.


A three-tiered benefit program comprised of the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) with employer-matching contributions and Social Security.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

You can pay healthcare expenses that aren’t covered by your health, dental or vision plans with a Health Care or Limited Expense Health Care FSA.

Training and Development

TSA employees have access to a network of educational and training resources, including tuition assistance, to prepare them for advancement in government service.

Other Federal Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Personal Leave Days for Vacation, Illness and Family Care
  • Paid Federal Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Transit and Uniform Subsidies (based on job location)
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