U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

By Felipe Marberger


Detect, prevent and apprehend illegal immigrants attempting to enter the United States.

Travel, Dangers, and Advantages

There is not much travel in this job, but you must travel to the border between Mexico and the United States. The dangers in this career are that illegal immigrants may be armed with weapons and might attack the patrol officers. Also many immigrants come to the United Sates with drugs, so if you do not stop them then they will succesfully sell them and cause a problem. The advantages are that you can stop illegal immigrants and stop some of the drug flow that is coming into the United States.


You need to have one full year of graduate education in law or a field related to law enforcement (ex. Criminal Justice, Police Science). You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college/university. There are different positions in the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol so you may need to do those things, but lower positions you only have to meet certain requirements such as 20/20 vision (with corrections), good hearing, be able to fly in aircrafts, have experience with firearms, and be able to work in hazardous situations.

2 Universities/Services to Receive Training

You could go to any college and or any firearm class. You need to know how to use a weapon and police protocol so West Point would be a good school for this career. Also since you may be capturing illegal immigrants you need to know criminal justice and know what to do, so learning criminal justice at any college will help ( ex. Duke Law). Police services and training camps are important because you need to have experienced a variety of situations and you need to be in physical shape.

Base Entry Salary

$24,966 - $51,972