Pursuing A FBI Career

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Career Details

It is shown that in order to become what you want, in my case an FBI agent you have to start from the bottom and work your way up.

Duties

  • Investigate crime
  • Collect evidence of crimes
  • Conduct interviews with suspects and witnesses
  • Observe the activities of suspects
  • Arrest suspects
  • Write detailed reports and fill out forms
  • Prepare cases and testify in court


Working Schedule

Uniformed officers, detectives, agents, and inspectors usually are scheduled to work full time. Paid overtime is common. Shift work is necessary because protection must be provided around the clock. Because more experienced employees typically receive preference, junior officers frequently work weekends, holidays, and nights. Some police officers chose to work off duty as security for restaurants, retail stores, and other establishments.

Working Location

It all depend to were you are planning on living. If your planning on looking to get promoted to certain places then you have to be ready to move.


Salary

  • $68,820 for detectives and criminal investigators (My Best Interest)
  • $54,330 for transit and railroad police
  • $53,540 for police and sheriff’s patrol officers
  • $49,730 for fish and game wardens


Education

Applicants usually have recruit training before becoming an officer. The people usually get training in their agency's police academy. In small agencies,people can often attend a regional or state academy. The training usually includes classroom instruction in constitutional law, civil rights, state laws and local ordinances, and police ethics. The people also receive training and supervised experience to like emergency responses.


Skills/Qualities

  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Communication skills.
  • Empathetic personality.
  • Good judgment.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Perceptiveness.
  • Strength and stamina.


Job Outlook

It is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, but it is slower than the average for all occupations. The more demand for public safety will cause it to open more jobs for the departments.


Advance Opportunities

Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period. Promotions usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance. In large departments, promotion may enable an officer to become a detective or to specialize in one type of police work.