By: Michael Lombardo
Education Requirement: you must be a U.S. citizen or a citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands. You must be at least 23 years of age, but younger than 37 upon your appointment as a Special Agent. Age waivers may be granted to preference eligible veterans who have surpassed their 37th birthday. You must possess a four-year degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional or national institutional associations recognized by the United States Secretary of Education. You must have at least three years of professional work experience. You must also possess a valid driver's license and be completely available for assignment anywhere in the FBI's jurisdiction.
Starting Salary: 40,000 – 58,000
5 Year Salary 46,000-66,000
Career Description if a FBI Agent: The Beginning: The FBI Academy
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.
Special Agent trainees at the FBI Academy will be administered the Physical Fitness Test during the first, seventh, and fourteenth week of their training. Those trainees who fail the Physical Fitness Test during week one will be placed in a remedial program and will be subject to certain administrative restrictions. The restrictions include no overnight departures from the Academy until the trainee passes the Physical Fitness Test. Trainees who fail the week-one Physical Fitness Test...