Federal Agent

Victoria King

What does an FBI Agent do?

FBI agents are in charge of investigating over 200 different categories of violations related to national security and federal law. The criminal activity a FBI agent may investigate includes bank robberies, terrorism, corruption, cyber crime, organized crime, espionage and drug trafficking.

Education and Training

All Special Agent trainees begin their career at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia for approximately 21 weeks of intensive training at one of the world's finest law enforcement training facilities. During their time at the FBI Academy, trainees live on-campus and participate in a broad range of training activities. Classroom hours are spent studying a wide variety of academic and investigative subjects. The FBI Academy curriculum also includes intensive training in physical fitness, defensive tactics, practical application exercises, and the use of firearms. Several tests will be administered in all of these areas to monitor trainees’ progress.

The Career In Action

What are the dangers, advantages, and travel involved with this career?

There are not exactly multiple dangers in this career, but there is one obvious general danger, you're risking your life everyday. Some advantages to being a federal agent is that you get a great deal on insurance, healthcare, and retirement plans. The travel within this career is pretty frequent. You should expect to be moved to many different locations every couple year. Many federal agencies now have resident offices in foreign countries. If you want to see the world, this would be a great career for you to pursue in.

The Base Entry Salary of this Career

The average base entry salary for a federal agent is $40,000- $60,000 a year.
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