The role of a Customs Officer is to help prevent illegal or dangerous goods being imported into the country such as firearms, drugs, alcohol, tobacco and endangered species. They will search baggage and individuals for smuggled items and make arrests if necessary.
You’ll usually work your way up by starting as:
- an administrative assistant, for which you'll need 2 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
- an assistant officer, for which you'll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths
To start as an officer, you’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths
- A levels (or equivalent)
If you don’t have the qualifications, you may be able to take a test to prove your skills and abilities in areas like teamwork and communication.
You'll also need to meet the Civil Service nationality requirements.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could move up within the civil service grade structure, but you may need to relocate to progress to higher grades.Related careers
You may be interested in:
- Civil Service administrative officer
- Civil service executive officer
- Dog handler
- Immigration officer
The ability to listen and ask questions, able to keep calm under pressure, assertive but tactful, excellent communication skills, confident in decision making.
£16,000 to £26,000