If you have ever considered a career as a federal agent, or at least had some interest in it, a criminal justice education will definitely get you in the door. A federal agent works nationwide and even internationally to enforce federal laws. Additionally, a federal agent is usually employed at one federal agency, although inter-agency affiliation may be common for some agents. Most known federal agencies, like the FBI, ATF, DEA, CIA, NSA, and Secret Service, are exploding with new career potential, and there are many more which you may not know of.
Certain federal positions require that the agent works by him or herself, while others require work in a group environment. Also, not all federal agencies are created equal. For example, the Federal Bureau of investigations utilizes investigative techniques, while an agency like DEA is very well known for its surveillance techniques. But, no matter where you would like to work, the pay and benefits are very good.
Majority of federal agencies that are employing agents require at least a bachelor level education. This education doesn’t necessarily have to be in the criminal justice field, but should adhere with their preferred educational requirements. A criminal justice degree can definitely help you in obtaining a federal agent position, but a degree in business, accounting, computer information systems, and foreign languages can also propel you towards federal employment.
A graduate level degree is highly desirable, and if you have an opportunity to obtain one, do so. Many agents with a graduate level education have a better chance of promotion. This is common sense, as is the pay increase for those with a masters or doctorate degree. Moreover, an educated federal agent has a better chance of joining specialized teams, like: hostage rescue teams (HRT), SWAT teams, counter-terrorism teams, and special task forces.
Which federal agency would you like to join as an agent? Why? — let us know in the comments section.