What does a FBI agent do?
FBI agents perform a wide variety of tasks such as conducting sensitive national security investigations and investigating federal violations. They often conduct surveillance, inspect business records, monitor wiretaps authorized by a court, track the movement of stolen property, investigate white-color crime, participate in undercover assignments, and gather evidence of spying activities. FBI agents investigate many different types of criminal activity such as organized crime, financial crime, public corruption, kidnapping, bribery, bank robbery, government fraud, drug trafficking, Cyber crime, copyright infringement, espionage, extortion, air piracy, terrorism, and other federal offenses. FBI agents often travel to a variety of locations depending on where they are needed.
What kind of training does a FBI agent need?
FBI agents need at least a bachelor degree and a minimum of 3 years related work experience. Many have degrees in criminal justice, homeland security, law, or other related field. Many colleges and universities have specialized criminal justice and homeland security programs for aspiring FBI agents. All FBI agents are required to pass a written and oral examination, extensive background investigation, and pass medical, physical, and psychological assessments. Once accepted, FBI agents complete intensive training at the FBI academy for 17 to 22 weeks. Many FBI agents are fluent in another language to remain competitive in the field. FBI agents must stay current on advancements in the field and often complete continuing education throughout their careers.
What are the prospects for a career as a FBI agent?
Employment of FBI agents is projected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 11% from 2006 to 2016 (1). The increased need for more thorough investigations will drive job growth.
Job prospects are expected to be excellent especially for FBI agents with extensive experience and special skills. Job openings will also stem from the need to replace FBI agents that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do FBI agents make?
As of October 2009, FBI agents with less than 1 year experience earn average annual salaries between $41,257 and $54,548. Those with 1 to 4 years experience earn average annual salaries between $46,266 and $66,510 (2).
A career as a FBI agent is a great choice for individuals with a strong interested in federal investigation. FBI agents must be extremely alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. Honesty, integrity, good judgment, and a strong sense of responsibility are essential. FBI agents must have excellent communication and be able work as part of a team. They must also be able to work in stressful and dangerous situations and be able to make quick decisions.