The FBI Celebrates STEM with Women in Tech
More Than 75 Women Learn about Life in the Bureau
The FBI’s Portland Division, in partnership with ChickTech, is working to recruit women with backgrounds in science, engineering, math and computers. In late October, more than 75 women came together to learn about life in the FBI, the career options available and the benefits to public service.
Conversations included a number of questions about how FBI agents balance work life and family; the job requirements; and the recruitment process. Also a popular question: is there a need to relocate? The answer: it depends! Many professional staff don’t move unless they want to, while agents tend to move at least once or twice. Of course, the answer can vary based on where the employee starts her career, the professional path she takes and her own desires to take on new challenges.
If you want a chance to travel as part of your FBI career, you can do that, too. Many employees—both professional staff and agents—sign up for temporary assignments in other field offices or at FBIHQ. If you want more adventure, you have the option of applying to work in one of the FBI’s more than 60 overseas locations called Legal Attaché Offices. FBI Portland employees spoke at the Women in Tech event about their own travels all over the world—from Paris to Afghanistan and from Central America to Central Asia.
Why “Women in Tech”? Women with this kind of education and experience are in high demand in today’s economy, but they can also play a crucial role in helping keep our shared community safe for generations to come. The FBI family includes more than 30,000 agents, analysts, and other professional staff who work to protect our communities from terrorism, espionage, cyber attacks, and major criminal threats. We all share the core values of leadership, respect and integrity. We understand what it means to act with fairness and to be accountable. We honor the diversity of who we are because we know that having people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives make us stronger as we work to fulfill our mission to protect and serve the American people.
If you have questions of your own or are interested in applying for a career that could change your life, be sure to check out fbijobs.gov.