Federal agent

Ezequiel Flores Pd.2

Duties/Responsibilities

Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who sometimes are called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Law enforcement officers’ duties depend on the size and type of their organizations.


Average Hours/Working Schedule, Working location(s)

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.

$55,010 per year
$26.45 per hour

Education Needed

the requirements for federal law enforcement agencies, such as with the FBI or Secret Service, are generally stricter. Federal agencies require a bachelor's degree, related work experience, or a combination of the two. For example, FBI special agent applicants typically must be college graduates with at least 3 years of professional work experience. There are lie detector tests as well as interviews with references. Jobs that require security clearances have additional requirements.

Skills Required:

Ability to multi-task. May find that the demands of their job vary from day to day. But multiple tasks and extensive paperwork must be completed on time.

Communication skills. Must be able to speak with people when gathering facts about a crime and to then express details about a given incident in writing.

Empathetic personality. Need to understand the perspectives of a wide variety of people in their jurisdiction and have a willingness to help the public.

Good judgment. Must be able to determine the best way to solve a wide array of problems quickly.

Leadership skills. Must be comfortable with being a highly visible member of their community, as the public looks to them for assistance in emergency situations.

Perceptiveness. Must be able to anticipate another person’s reactions and understand why people act a certain way.

Strength and stamina. Must be in good physical shape both to pass required tests for entry into the field and to keep up with the daily rigors of the job.


Job Outlook/ Growth

Jobs in state and federal agencies will remain more competitive as they often offer high pay and more opportunities for both promotions and inter-agency transfers. Bilingual applicants with a bachelor's degree and law enforcement or military experience, especially investigative experience, should have the best opportunities in federal agencies.

Growth: 14%

Advancement Opportunities or Related Jobs:

Similar Occupations are : Correctional Officers, EMTs and Paramedics, Private Detectives and Investigators, A benefit of being a federal agent is that you could get earn more money and get more higher in the department.