If you live in the state of Tennessee and would like to pursue a career as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, you should know that this career dream might just be more possible than you think.

When most people think of jobs with the FBI, they think of them as very far off, unattainable things that could never happen to them.

The truth is, though, that the FBI is made up of normal people, just like you, who had a goal and who went for it. You can do by following four very simple steps.

1. Meet the Requirements: Before you should even think about or start planning a career in the FBI, you should know that there are certain requirements that have to be met for service. First of all, you need to be at least twenty-three years of age but not more than thirty- six years of age at the time of your application.

You also will need to be able to pass with flying colors a criminal background check. Furthermore, you should have good credit, especially not having defaulted on any federal student loans, and you should be able to pass intensive testing. This testing will include psychological tests to test your mental stability, physical testing to determine your health and your level of endurance ,and intelligence testing to see just how smart you are and how those skills could best be put to use as an FBI agent.

If you are not in good health, have an indiscriminate past, or suffer from mental issues, then you might want to consider other options instead of the FBI. The work is demanding, prestigious, and difficult, and only the best of the best will be able to hack it.

2. Educate Yourself: The educational requirements for becoming an FBI agent state that you must have at least a bachelor’s degree. This bachelor’s degree can, theoretically, be in any subject area that you are interested in, but really, certain educational areas are highly preferred.

These are usually areas that could easily correlate to military service such as educational backgrounds in law enforcement, criminal justice, computer science, information technology, criminology, criminal investigation, forensic studies, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, accounting, finance, foreign language, or engineering.

Whatever area of academic interest you choose; the most important thing is that you get your degree from an accredited college or university. This can certainly be an online institution, but you will need to be especially careful to make sure you are not getting scammed. Community colleges and trade and/or technical schools are affordable and can also work well, but you should be aware that most offer only associate’s degrees, which are not enough to gain you acceptance to the FBI.

You can, however, transfer the credits earned from your associate’s degree course of study to earn a bachelor’s degree in only about two years. Know too that just because a bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for a master’s or even a PhD.

3. Work Experience: Many people are unaware that the FBI actually requires its agents to have some real world, working experience under their belt. This is to help individuals to become good workers with strong work ethics and also to help people make sure that working in the FBI is really what they want to do.

At least two to three years of work experience is necessary, and it should ideally be in an area related to the degree area. A good way to speed up the process is to get your work experience at the same time you get your education.

4. Apply: Once you have met all of the requirements and prerequisites, there is nothing left to do but fill out an application for FBI employment and then send it off.

Do take time and care with this application, because it will be the judge of all of your hard work and will ultimately determine whether or not you may serve in the FBI. Make sure that you fill out every part of the application, spell everything correctly, and are totally and completely honest.