As a Special Agent, every day is different. In fact, every career path is different. It’s a position that takes unique skills, perspectives and backgrounds. The two things all Special Agents share are a drive to help keep our nation safe and pride in making a difference in the communities they serve.
FBI Special Agents are responsible for conducting sensitive national security investigations and enforcing more than 300 federal statutes. As an FBI Special Agent, you may work on cases involving terrorism, counterintelligence, cyber crime, organized crime, white-collar crime, public corruption, civil rights violations, financial crime, bribery, bank robbery, extortion, kidnapping, air piracy, interstate criminal activity, fugitive and drug-trafficking matters and other violations of federal statutes.
The FBI Special Agent (SA) position requires significant commitment and dedication. SAs must:
- Adhere to the highest standards of conduct, especially in maintaining honesty and integrity.
- Be available for worldwide assignment on either a temporary or a long-term basis.
- Work a minimum of 50 hours a week, which may include irregular hours, and be on call 24/7, including holidays and weekends.
- Maintain a high level of fitness necessary to complete Academy training and throughout their career.
- Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.
- Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments, all of which pose the risk of personal bodily harm.
FBI Employment Requirements for Special Agents
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information) clearance.
- Must be in compliance with the FBI Drug Policy.
- Must be between the ages of 23 – 36.
- Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.
- Have at least two years of full-time professional work experience; or one year if you have earned an advanced degree (master’s or higher).
- Possess a valid driver’s license and have six months of driving experience.
- Meet the Special Agent physical fitness standards (see below).
- Be available to report to one of the FBI’s 56 field offices for interviews and testing several times throughout the application process. You are responsible for your own travel to and from the field office. Any additional travel for Phase II testing from the Processing Field Office will be incurred by the FBI.
- If you are currently on active duty in the military, you must be within one (1) year of completing your service before submitting your application.
The Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
Special Agents must be mentally and physically prepared for their work. The FBI requires every applicant to pass the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and meet vision and hearing requirements. The PFT consists of four events in the following order, with no more than five minutes of rest between events. A passing score requires a cumulative 12 points, with at least 1 point in each event:
- SITUPS: Maximum number of continuous situps in one minute.
- SPRINT:Timed 300-meter sprint.
- PUSHUPS: Maximum number of continuous pushups (untimed).
- RUN: Timed 1.5-mile run.
To help you train, we have developed a PFT Training Tips guide, featuring skill-builder drills and photos, as well as an app called FBI FitTest, which provides video instruction on proper form and technique to prepare for the PFT. The app uses your smartphone’s accelerometer and GPS to help you score your own PFT self-assessment. You can download the free app on your smartphone, from Apple’s App Store or from Google Play.Commitment to Diversity:
The FBI knows that to effectively accomplish our mission we need people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. The FBI values and leverages human differences, opinions, and perspectives to empower the collective FBI community to achieve its greatest potential. The FBI’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion is integrated into every facet of employment, including leadership and career development, recruitment, staffing, workforce planning, and sustainability. At every level and in every position, the FBI embraces unique perspectives to accomplish its mission.
About Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI
The FBI is an intelligence-driven and threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities. It is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Justice and a full member of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The FBI has the authority and responsibility to investigate specific crimes assigned to it and to provide other law enforcement agencies with cooperative services, such as fingerprint identification, laboratory examinations, and training. The FBI also gathers, shares, and analyzes intelligence, both to support its own investigations and those of its partners and to better understand and combat the security threats facing the United States.
The FBI employs approximately 35,000 people, including special agents and support professionals such as intelligence analysts, language specialists, scientists, and information technology specialists.
Our Core Values
- Rigorous obedience to the Constitution of the United States;
- Respect for the dignity of all those we protect;
- Uncompromising personal integrity and institutional integrity;
- Accountability by accepting responsibility for our actions and decisions and the consequences of our actions and decisions;
- Leadership, both personal and professional; and