Title:  SPECIAL AGENT       


ID:                      1068







Who May Apply

This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

Please read the entire vacancy announcement carefully for detailed information on qualifications and application procedures. The salary listed above applies to New Agent trainees while attending the training academy. Upon graduation, your salary will be adjusted according to field office assignment and Law Enforcement Officers availability pay.

Job Summary



The FBI seeks responsible, motivated, self-starters to work in a high pressure and demanding team environment. Special Agent applicants must be able to work independently, adapt to changing and sometimes dangerous situations and make logical, well-reasoned decisions based on all available facts. Applicants should have superior interpersonal abilities and be able to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, in an organized and articulate manner.

Special Agents are responsible for enforcing over 300 federal statutes and conducting sensitive national security investigations. As a Special Agent, you may be asked to use your language skills to interview a witness who speaks only a foreign language, your IT skills to locate evidence concealed deep within a computer network, or your CPA skills to uncover hidden assets. Whether it is identifying and recruiting human sources whose information may ultimately avert a terrorist act or gathering intelligence on a foreign enemy determined to do us harm, the FBI provides the opportunity for leaders in every community to give back.

This opportunity should not be taken lightly. The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family.

Automatic Disqualifiers: Applicants with a felony conviction, use of illegal drugs in violation of the FBI Employment Drug Policy, in default of a student loan insured by the U.S. Government that fail an FBI-administered urinalysis drug test, fail to register with the Selective Service System (males only).

Please note that if you are disqualified by any of the above tests, you are not eligible for employment with the FBI.

Applicants should consider that the average processing time to complete all stages of the Special Agent Selection System (SASS) may take approximately one (1) year. 
The FBI may disqualify applicants at anytime during the process, should it be determined that they will reach age 37 before appointment to Basic Field Training Course.



 Key Requirements

1. Must be at least 23 and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment

2. Must be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance

3. Must possess a valid driver's license

4. Must meet physical requirements

5. Must pass all phases of the Special Agent Application process

6. Must commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years

This position requires a Top Secret Security Clearance. Selectees must undergo and successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position. Prior to the initiation of a background investigation, applicants will be required to pass a polygraph examination. The background investigation will include a check of your credit history and criminal record, as well as interviews with prior employers, references, co-workers, personal associates, family members, and friends. An applicant may be disqualified from selection or removed from employment as a Special Agent based on information obtained during this background investigation. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph


Major Duties


  1. Adhere to strict standards of conduct, foremost being honesty and integrity.
  2. Endure a rigorous background investigation, credit checks, and a polygraph in order to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  3. Pass a Physical Fitness Test (PFT) at least twice during the application process. Upon graduation, Agents will also be expected to maintain a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job.
  4. Pass a medical exam which includes, but is not limited to, meeting visual and hearing standards.
  5. Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA.
  6. Upon graduation from the FBI Academy, be available to transfer to one of the FBI's 56 field offices, including San Juan, Puerto Rico or remote resident agencies (satellite offices) to meet the needs of the FBI. Special Agents rarely return to their processing office. Applicants should ensure that their families are prepared for and support this move.
  7. Throughout your career, be available for temporary duty assignments, anywhere in the world, on either a temporary or a long-term basis.
  8. Work a minimum of a 50-hr workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.
  9. Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force if necessary.

10. Be willing and able to participate in arrests, search warrants, raids and other dangerous assignments, all of which may pose the risk of personal bodily harm.

Qualifications and Evaluations

In order to meet minimum qualifications, applicants must pass every stage of the Special Agent Selection System (SASS), which includes:

  1. A preliminary application screening to ensure eligibility, willingness and awareness of the Special Agent position
  2. A three-hour exam consisting of Cognitive, Behavioral, and Logical Reasoning tests (Phase I)
  3. A written and oral language test (for applicants claiming a language ability)
  4. A 90-minute written exam (Phase II)*
  5. A one-hour oral panel interview (Phase II)*
  6. At least two Physical Fitness Tests (PFTs)*
  7. A polygraph examination*
  8. A comprehensive background investigation*

*Note: Steps 4 through 8 are only afforded to those candidates deemed "Most Competitive."

 Full-Time Work Experience

All Special Agent applicants must meet the full-time professional work experience requirement of three (3) years unless they qualify for a work experience waiver.


Work Experience Waivers

Certain specified experiences and/or abilities waive the three year full-time work experience requirement. NOTE: Your ability to meet the requirements of a waiver does not guarantee that you will be deemed "Most Competitive".

Applicants with a degree in Computer Science, Information Technology and/or a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) also:

  1. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)

2.    Applicants with advanced degrees (master's and/or doctorate) require two (2) years of full-time work experienc


How To Apply

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application:

Step 1 - Establish an applicant account on the FBIJobs website by clicking Apply Now and then Register Now or login using your existing applicant account.

Step 2 - Paste your text resume in the space provided, upload a new resume or use a resume you have applied with previously.  

Step 3 – Complete your applicant profile if establishing your account for the first time.

Step 4 - Complete the assessment questionnaire.

Step 5 – Complete the application sections requested and submit your application.  Make sure you complete all sections of the application before submitting.


Required Documents

You may want to consider attaching documentation that will be required if considered for a specific position at the FBI:

         For Veterans: DD 214, and for Disabled Veterans: DD214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later

Additional Information


Applicants must pass FBI Special Agent Physical Requirements including medical and hearing standards. Applicants must also pass the (Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and be physically fit to endure training at Quantico during Basic Field Training Course and effectively respond to life-threatening situations in the field.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.







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