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General Applicant Information

General Applicant Information

  1. All applications for employment with the FBI must be submitted via the Internet at www.fbijobs.gov or www.usajobs.gov. There are no exceptions—even if you are a relative of an FBI employee, a former intern, or a former agent attempting to be reinstated.
  2. You MUST be a U.S. citizen to work for the FBI.
  3. To apply for the special agent position, you MUST first graduate and obtain a four-year college degree and have at least three years of professional work experience in your field/major prior. If you have a graduate degree, your work experience requirement is reduced to two years. Again, the work experience must be relevant to your area of expertise (i.e., you cannot work as a landscaper if you have a law degree etc.).
  4. If you have a foreign language skill, the critical languages we seek are: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese, Korean, Russian, Hebrew, Swahili, Albanian, Indonesian, Pashto, Punjabi, and Vietnamese. Spanish is also considered a critical foreign language. However, you would have to speak at a high level of proficiency (3+ or higher) in order to be considered for further testing. Occasionally, the work experience requirement can be waived if you speak a critical language and show proficiency.
  5. If you have a law enforcement background, you would generally need to have at least 7 to 10 years of diverse law enforcement experience to be deemed competitive. Other factors that would help include an advanced degree and a critical language fluency.
  6. All applicants are required to pass the Personal Fitness Test (PFT) prior to being approved for a new agent’s class. After taking the initial Phase I exam, you have 60 days to turn in a PFT self-assessment to our office. You must already be in excellent physical condition prior to applying.
  7. The FBI is firmly committed to a drug-free society and work place. Therefore, the unlawful use of drugs by FBI employees is not tolerated. Please see our Employment Drug Policy for information on specific requirements.
  8. The FBI is currently seeking skills and degrees in: hard sciences, such as biology, chemistry, physics, etc.; all engineering fields; computer sciences; information systems; international studies; business, finance, and accounting; and military intelligence. Those with political science, criminal justice, and psychology degrees must have another critical skill in order to be more competitive (for example, military intelligence background, a graduate degree, or a special skill).
  9. The Tactical Recruiting Program is designed to attract special agent candidates with extensive military or law enforcement tactical backgrounds to increase the pool of agents who will try out for our Hostage Rescue Team. See the Hostage Rescue Team webpage for details.