Special Agent in the FBI

Chris Chacon, Per 7/8

Career Details

The duties and responsibilities of a special agent are to investigate many forms of criminal activity, like bribery, cyber crime, drug trafficking, financial and other white-collar crime, kidnapping and organized crime. An FBI agent is responsible for investigating any interstate criminal activity. A newly appointed Special Agent can be assigned to one of 56 field offices depending on the current staffing and or critical specialty needs. Newly assigned Special agents are paid GS-10, step 1 ($43,441) plus locality pay and availability pay.

Education Needed

You must posses a four-year degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional or national institutional associations recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.

Skills Required

You first have to qualify for an entry programs. But the basic skills are, you have to have a clean record, have a four year college degree and be physically fit to pass a physical exam.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment of FBI special agents and intelligence analysts will grow rapidly in coming years. Job growth will occur as the population expands and the emphasis on national security continues to increase. Competition for FBI jobs will be strong. Bilingual candidates with college degrees and law enforcement or military experience should enjoy the best prospects.