As an FBI Special Agent with expertise in psychology, forensic psychology, counseling or social work, you'll have a career like no other. Individuals with backgrounds in psychology and counseling possess unique knowledge, skills and experience that are highly valued by the FBI.
Your understanding of human behavior is critical in analyzing motives and providing insights about psychological characteristics and behavioral patterns that help keep people safe. Your analysis helps assess threats and identify individuals and groups that may pose risks to national security or public safety. Your expertise and compassion ensures the most appropriate and effective handling of sensitive cases involving children or trauma victims and situations such as hostage negotiations. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.
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.
Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences.
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.
Demonstrated expertise in analyzing interpersonal behavior and behavioral patterns, handling sensitive situations and predicting potential threats and risks.
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.
All applicants are evaluated on core competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment.
The FBI Special Agent position requires significant commitment and dedication from you and your family, but it's an experience you will never forget. As a Special Agent, you will join an elite team of people committed to the highest standards. Our team has a critical mission and our people are sought after as some of the best in their fields.
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.
Meet all FBI physical requirements, be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career.
Commit to serving as a Special Agent for a minimum of three years.
Successfully complete approximately 20 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy.
Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include odd hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.
Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments.
The Special Agent Selection System (SASS) is a mentally and physically challenging process designed to find only the most capable applicants. The selection process typically takes one year or more to complete.