The FBI has developed
a different kind of "most wanted" list. As
it kicks off one of the most aggressive hiring campaigns
in recent years, the FBI is tailoring its recruiting
initiative to identify men and women with very specialized
skills to become Special Agents. As the media has often
publicized, the events on, and subsequent to, September
11, 2001 have resulted in a realignment of the FBI's
resources to enhance its ability to address terrorism
and homeland security. Accompanying a realignment of
its resources is an assessment of the skills needed
to ensure the organization's success in addressing terrorism
and homeland security.
The FBI plans to hire
approximately 900 Special Agents (SAs) before September
30, 2002 and is focusing its recruitment efforts on
identifying candidates for the Special Agent position
who possess certain critical skills which are deemed
essential to address our increasingly complex responsibilities.
Those skills are:
1. Computer Science and
other Information Technology specialities;
3. Physical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology);
4. Foreign Language Proficiency (Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu,
Urdu, Chinese [all dialects], Japanese, Korean, Russian,
Spanish, and Vietnamese);
5. Foreign Counterintelligence;
6. Law enforcement or other investigative work;
8. Military Intelligence experience; and
9. Fixed Wing Pilots.
Although the above listing
includes the most critical investigative skill needs,
the FBI continues to be a diverse agency with employees
possessing various experiences. Candidates who possess
skills and experience such as accounting, law, business,
education, and health care are also encouraged to apply.
Basic qualifications for
the SA position include a four-year degree plus 3 years
of professional work experience. Candidates must be
a United States citizen between the ages of 23 and 36,
be completely available for assignment anywhere within
the FBI's jurisdiction, and possess a valid driver's
license. Applicants must also be able to pass a thorough
background investigation which includes, but is not
limited to, a drug urinalysis and polygraph examination.
All candidates must be willing to carry a firearm and
be willing to relocate to one of our 56 field offices
located within the United States based on the investigative
needs of the FBI.
To achieve the Agency's
commitment to maintaining a diverse FBI workforce, reflective
of the society we serve, the recruitment of minorities
and women continues to be another high priority during
this recruitment initiative.
Special Agents receive
a starting salary of $43,705 while in the 16-week training
program at the FBI Academy located at Quantico, Virginia.
Upon graduation, the salary ranges from $53,743 to $58,335
depending upon the locality pay of their geographic
assignment. The FBI offers excellent advancement opportunities,
retirement, and health benefits.
Contact the FBI Recruiter
or Applicant Coordinator in your local FBI office for
additional information or visit us at www.fbi.gov.