If you live in the state of South Carolina and dream of one day having a career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), you should know that it is simpler than you think to take that dream and turn it into a reality.

Of course, you have to meet certain requirements first. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not aware of these basic requirements and end up wasting time and money preparing for careers they are not going to be able to have.

To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, do your research and/or visit the FBI’s website to find out all of the many requirements for service.

Some basic ones that you and all potential applicants will have to meet include being between the ages of twenty-three years of age and thirty-six years of age at the time of the application, having at least a bachelor’s degree, having two to three years of work experience that is preferably related to the degree obtained, having no criminal history, having good credit and not having defaulted on student loans, and being in excellent physical and mental health as determined by extensive testing.

If you can meet the many prerequisite requirements of the FBI, then you are ready to start actively preparing for service in it. The simplest way to start is, of course, by earning a degree.

The good news for you is that South Carolina is home to a wide variety of different colleges and universities, many of them offering programs that can lead to careers in the FBI. While there is no one educational background you need to have in order to be accepted into the FBI, there are definitely some academic areas that are more commonly seen in agents than others.

These include engineering, computer science, computer information studies, information technology, accounting, finance, higher level mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, criminology, criminal investigation, crime scene investigation, criminal justice, military studies, and others.

Once you decide what you want to get your degree in, it is really just a matter of choosing a school. School choices include traditional colleges and universities and accredited online schools.

You can also attend trade and technical schools or community colleges when you’re just getting started, but be aware that most of these institutions grant only associate’s degrees and, as such, you’ll need to transfer your credits and earn a higher level degree if you are going to have success.

Some of the schools that have commonly been attended by those now serving in the FBI include the Citadel, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, the College of Charleston, and Francis Marion University. Other top choices, though not considered quite as prestigious by most, are Lander University, South Carolina State University, and the University of South Carolina at Aiken.

In the same system as this last school, there’s also the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, the University of South Carolina at Columbia, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, the University of South Carolina at Salkehatchie, the University of South Carolina at Sumter, the University of South Carolina at Union, and the University of South Carolina at Upstate.

Do be aware that even though that list of colleges and universities above may seem long, it is in no way representative of all of the learning opportunities that await you in the state. Technical institutions and community colleges were not included on the above list, and neither are the many online schools that are South Carolina based.

Don’t forget either than the internet affords you the opportunity to attend schools from all over the world if you choose to do so. The possibilities are endless.