What qualifications do I need to become an FBI Special agent, then eventually work my way nto an NCAVC job?
I would like to become an FBI Special supervisory agent for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. I believe it is an elite position to get to (being in the NCAVC) and requires a minimum of 10 years field work in order to try and work for the NCAVC department, but I was wondering, being an incoming freshman into college and all, what majors and other requirements I will need to become an FBI Special agent? Also, what majors would help support a position in the NCAVC one day? (Willing to double major)
- J.W.Lv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Becoming an FBI Special Agent is a very competitive process. Visit the FBI's website. Below are some minimum requirements 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. Age waivers may be granted to preference eligible veterans who have surpassed their 37th birthday. 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.
You must have at least a 4 year college degree to become an FBI Special Agent. Any degrees that develop research and analytical skills are desirable educational backgrounds for FBI Special Agent candidates. Consider accounting, computer science, a foreign language, or law. If you want to double major, consider psychology. Whatever major you choose, make the most of your time and money. Get the highest grade point average that you can, participate in a couple extracurricular activities, get a good internship, do some regular volunteer work, don't do anything illegal, and maintain a good reputation. Consider getting an advanced degree.
Special Agents are eligible for positions at the NCAVC when they have three years of experience. Because the positions are so competitive, however, individuals selected usually possess eight to ten years of experience as a Special Agent. The NCAVC employs Special Agents with a variety of backgrounds.
Getting law enforcement officer jobs is becoming more and more competitive. Do whatever you can to make yourself the best candidate that you can. For example, keep a good driving record, don't get bad credit, improve all of your communication skills as much as possible, practice to improve your observation and memory skills, and become as physically fit as you can. Becoming an FBI Special Agent is a great goal. However, many federal agencies have criminal investigators or special agents. Consider trying to become a criminal investigator or special agent with other agencies too. Best of luck!