Americans of all backgrounds
are helping the FBI meet the challenge of global terrorism
by applying to work for the organization in record numbers.
Since initiating an Internet based Special Agent application
process on February 8th of this year, the Bureau had
a record 15,000 Special Agent candidates apply.
"At no time in the history
of the FBI have we ever received such a large number
of applications in such a short period of time," said
FBI Director Robert Mueller in Washington. "It is gratifying
to see so many people come to us with critically needed
skills, especially as we continue the evolution of our
mission and our technology."
After the events of September
11th, the FBI identified several skills that were, and
still are, needed. These include computer science, engineering,
foreign counter intelligence, military intelligence,
physical sciences and foreign language skills in Arabic,
Farsi, Pashtu, Urdu, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian,
Spanish and Vietnamese. The on-line response in these
areas was far greater than expected. It is reported
that 4,500 of the 15,000 applications received indicated
expertise in one or more of these highly critical areas.
FBI Special Agents are
a highly diverse corps of men and women who are united
in their common desire to fight injustice and make a
positive difference in the nation and world. "The FBI
is strengthened when it reflects the diverse population
it serves," Mueller said.
FBI Special Agents must
have a 4-year college degree, be a United States citizen,
be available for assignment anywhere at any time, be
between the ages of 23 to 36-years of age and be in
excellent physical condition. It is also a general requirement
that they have 3-years professional work experience.
Special entry programs exist for those having 4-year
degrees in computer science or accounting. They also
exist for attorneys, CPAs and linguists. All candidates
must pass a thorough background investigation as well
as a polygraph and drug urinalysis test.
The FBI is an equal opportunity
employer. Qualified men and women of all backgrounds
are always needed. For further information visit the
FBI Jobs Web Site at www.fbijobs.com
and apply on-line. Professional Support positions are
also listed on this Site.