Special Agent – Psychology/Counseling Background

US Government, Department of Justice

FBI Special Agents apply their professional experience and unique skill sets to their work. Many come from professional backgrounds such as psychology, forensic psychology, counseling and social work. Your social science background could significantly contribute to our work by analyzing motives and providing professional insight to help keep people safe. Join us and bring your understanding of human behavior to the FBI.

 

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Job Grade: 10
Total Openings: Many

Duties:

You can expect continued specialized training once on board and opportunities to work on some of the Bureau’s most complex cases. The scope and scale of our investigations provide unique challenges unlike anything you could work on in the private sector. Your ultimate mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Being a Special Agent can be a lifelong career of uncommon days and amazing experiences. Valued skills that can help you succeed at the FBI: BA/BS degree (preferably in psychology, social work, counseling or similar fields). An understanding of human behavior and motivations and the ability to communicate clearly to experts and nonexperts. Ability to objectively evaluate nuanced information and make sound judgments. Demonstrated expertise in analyzing interpersonal behavior and behavioral patterns, handling sensitive situations and predicting potential threats and risks. In addition: Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills. Be detail-oriented, yet able to keep a strategic focus. Ability to objectively evaluate information and make sound judgments. Honesty and integrity must be the foundation of who you are. The drive and commitment to make a difference in the communities you serve.

Qualifications:

You must: Be a U.S. citizen. Be at least 23 years old and not have reached your 37th birthday on appointment. Have a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S.-accredited college or university. Be able to obtain a Top Secret SCI Clearance. Have two years of full-time professional work experience (see work experience waiver for exceptions). Meet the FBI’s Employment Eligibility requirements. Possess a valid driver’s license with at least six months driving experience. The Special Agent Selection System (SASS) is a mentally and physically challenging process designed to find only the most capable applicants. The selection process typically takes one year or more to complete. For more information about the SASS, physical fitness requirements and work experience waivers, please visit: https://fbijobs.gov/career-paths/special-agents.

Job Requirements:

Adhere to strict standards of conduct. Undergo a rigorous background investigation, credit checks and a polygraph in order to obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Clearance. Pass all physical fitness requirements; must be physically fit to complete training at the FBI Academy at Quantico, VA, and maintain a high level of fitness throughout your career. Pass a medical exam, which includes, but is not limited to, meeting visual and hearing standards. Successfully complete approximately 19 weeks of employment as a Special Agent trainee, while housed at the FBI Academy at Quantico. Upon graduation from the FBI Academy, be available to transfer to one of the FBI’s 56 Field Offices, including San Juan, Puerto Rico or remote resident agencies (satellite offices) to meet the needs of the FBI. Special Agents rarely return to their processing office. Applicants should ensure that their families are prepared for and support this move. Throughout your career, be available for temporary duty assignments anywhere in the world, on either a temporary or a long-term basis. Work a minimum of a 50-hour workweek, which may include irregular hours, and be on-call 24/7, including holidays and weekends. Be willing and able to participate in arrests, execute search warrants, raids and similar assignments. For more information on eligibility requirements see: https://www.fbijobs.gov/working-at-FBI/eligibility.

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