FBI Agent

By: Ryan DeOrio

Description of the Job

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 illegal drug use.

Travel, Dangers, and Advantages

An FBI agent may be put into dangerous situations. For example, going after high profile criminals. Being an FBI agent you need to be able to travel with very little notice. There are very erratic hours. On the other hand, some advantages are that you have health and retirement benefits. There is a lot of excitement and variations in activities. Also, you're put in position to protect and to serve the general public.

The base entry salary for an FBI agent is $89,930

Education

FBI agents need a college degree, and many choose to get a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related major. They also need some previous work experience with law enforcement agencies. It's also very helpful if you are physically fit. It is VERY recommended that you take a foreign laguange.

Recommended Universities

Some recommended Universities to receive training as an FBI agent are:

  • Strayer University
  • University of Phoenix
  • Grand Canyon University

After being accepted into this career, FBI agents complete an 18-week training program to properly prepare them for duty.


Agents in Action