DEA Job Requirements

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 36 at the time of their appointment.

The Most Competitive candidates possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree, along with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.95 or higher. Special consideration is given to candidates with degrees in Criminal Justice/Police Science or related disciplines; Finance, Accounting or Economics; foreign languages (with fluency verified) in Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, dialects of Nigerian languages, Chinese, Japanese; computer Science/Information Systems; and Telecommunications/Electrical/Mechanical Engineering.

The multi-step hiring process includes the following phases:

  • Qualifications Review
  • Written and Oral Assessment and Panel Interview
  • Urinalysis Drug Test
  • Medical Examination
  • Physical Task Test
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Background Investigation
  • Final Hiring Decision