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To become an FBI Special Agent, you must be a U.S. citizen or a citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands. You must be at least 23 years of age, but younger than 37 upon your appointment as a Special Agent. You must possess a four-year degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional or national institutional associations recognized by the United States Secretary of Education. You must have at least three years of professional work experience. You must also possess a valid driver's license and be completely available for assignment anywhere in the FBI's jurisdiction.

All applicants for the Special Agent position must first qualify under one of five Special Agent Entry Programs. These programs include:

  • Accounting

  • Computer Science/Information Technology

  • Language

  • Law

  • Diversified

After qualifying for one of the five Entry Programs, applicants will be prioritized in the hiring process based upon certain Critical Skills for which the FBI is recruiting. The FBI is currently recruiting for Special Agent candidates with one or more of the following Critical Skills:

  • Accounting

  • Computer Science/Information Technology Expertise

  • Engineering Expertise

  • Foreign Language(s) Proficiency

  • Intelligence Experience

  • Law Experience

  • Law Enforcement/Investigative Experience

  • Military Experience

  • Physical Sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, biology, etc.) Expertise

  • Diversified Experience

Candidates with these Critical Skills are essential to address our increasingly complex responsibilities. As such, candidates with one or more of these skills will be prioritized in the hiring process.

All candidates that meet the Entry Program and Critical Skill requirements must also:

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