Career Opportunities with the FBI

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Did you ever dream of becoming a Special Agent or working for the FBI in another capacity to help fight crime?  If so, there are plenty of opportunities. The FBI hires employees in the following categories:  Special Agents, Professional Careers, Language Careers and The Senior Executive Service.

FBI Special Agents

Special Agents investigate organized crime, crime involving public corruption, financial crime, fraud against the government, bribery, civil rights violations, bank robbery, extortion, kidnapping, air piracy, terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, interstate criminal activity, fugitive and drug-trafficking matters, and other violations of federal law.

An FBI Special Agent must be a United States citizen in excellent physical condition, between the ages of 23 and 36, with a 4-year college degree. You must be available for assignment anywhere, at any time. It is also a general requirement that you have 3 years professional work experience.

The Selection Process for Special Agents

The FBI conducts a very thorough and elaborate screening process for all their employees, given the often sensitive information they may be exposed to. This is particularly stringent for special agents.  The process incorporates the following sequence of screening mechanisms:

* Candidates submit an online application that includes their resume which enables the FBI to determine basic eligibility.

* Applicants who meet basic eligibility standards are administered a three-hour exam containing cognitive, behavioral and logical reasoning tests.

* Individuals who score high enough on the exam take part in a "Meet and Greet" resume review and job preview session.

* An oral and written language test is administered to candidates claiming proficiency in a foreign language.

* Candidates who make it through the preliminary screening are administered a writing exam, interviewed by a panel of FBI staff, complete a physical fitness test, polygraph test, and a security background investigation.

Professional Careers

Opportunities for professionals exist in the following categories: Intelligence Analysts, Information Technology, Finance and Accounting, Applied Science, Engineering and Technology, Investigative Support and Surveillance, FBI Police, Administrative and Logistics/Facilities Management.

Language Careers

The FBI hires Contract Linguists and Language Analysts, Contract Speaker Proficiency Testers, Foreign Language Program Managers and Technical Staff.

Candidates must pass a foreign language test battery that consists of listening, reading and translating language texts.

Senior Executive Service

The FBI recruits high ranking management personnel to fill leadership positions within the agency through the Senior Executive Service.  Current FBI staff members as well as external candidates with an outstanding track record as senior executives can apply.

FBI and Department of Homeland Security Job Openings

Candidates can browse openings, review position descriptions and apply for Special Agent, Professional Careers, Language Careers and The Senior Executive Service jobs at FBI Jobs.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hires Border Patrol Agents, Immigration Inspectors, and Special Agents.

More information on these opportunities and information on how to apply is available on the DHS website.

Read More: FBI Agent Career Profile