Whether you are conducting surveillance, identifying leads, interviewing subjects, testifying in court, tracking down money trails or advising on all matters related to our national security, the work of an FBI Special Agent entails far more than the typical 9 to 5. Our Special Agents seek out cyberthieves, infiltrate organized crime rings and oversee terrorism investigations, often training local, state and foreign counterparts on the latest technologies in intelligence gathering and data analysis. Of course, our ultimate mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.
While individuals of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply to be an FBI Special Agent, we’re specifically seeking individuals with the following skills:
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM)
Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences.
Demonstrate an ability to think on your feet and be a team player.
Have a high-level of physical fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job.
Possess exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.
Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus.
Demonstrate an ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements.
Demonstrate that honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are.
Have the drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve.
All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment.
The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it’s an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an elite team committed to the highest standards in fulfilling our critical mission. Our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields.
Be a U.S. citizen.
Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment.
Have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.
Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance.
Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions).
Meet the FBI’s Employment Eligibility requirements.
Possess a valid driver’s license with at least six months driving experience.
Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career.
Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years.
Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy.
Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.
Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments.
The Special Agent Selection System (SASS) is a mentally and physically challenging process designed to find only the most capable applicants. The selection process typically takes one year or more to complete.