Special Agent – Psychology/Counseling Background

Federal Bureau of Investigation

As an FBI Special Agent with expertise in psychology, forensic psychology, counseling or social work, your understanding of human behavior is critical in analyzing motives and providing insights to help keep people safe. You help assess threats and identify individuals and groups that may pose risks to national security or public safety. Your expertise ensures the most appropriate and effective handling of cases involving children or trauma victims and situations such as hostage negotiations.

Closing Date: 10/23/19

Salary: $62,556 to $80,721 per year


Wherever you may be working now, whether at a public agency or facility or for a private organization, we need your expertise! Motivated individuals from a wide range of psychological and social science backgrounds have become Special Agents, including psychologists, social workers, counselors and clergy. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.


What you'll need to succeed:

BA/BS degree (preferably in psychology, social work, counseling or similar fields).
An understanding of human behavior and motivations and the ability to communicate clearly to nonexperts both internally and externally.
Ability to objectively evaluate nuanced information and make sound judgments.
Demonstrated expertise in analyzing interpersonal behavior and behavioral patterns, handling sensitive situations and predicting potential threats and risks.

In addition:
Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.
Be detail-oriented, yet keep a strategic focus.
Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgements.
Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are.
The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve

You must:
Be a U.S. citizen.
Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment.
Have a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.
Be able to obtain a Top Secret Clearance.
Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions).
Meet the FBI's Employment Eligibility requirements.
Possess a valid driver's license with at least six months driving experience.

BA/BS degree in psychology, social work, counseling or similar fields.