In the state of West Virginia, there are many people who are interested in having careers as FBI agents. If you are one of them, you will be very happy to know that there are lots of opportunities in the state that can help you to turn those career dreams into reality.

Your first step toward becoming an FBI agent, outside of meeting the basic age and clean criminal background requirements, is to get an education.

While you can theoretically major in anything and become an FBI agent, there really are some things pertaining to your education about which you should give some serious thought.

First of all, there is certainly a variety of different career options for FBI agents; they work in many different capacities. However, when you really sit down and look at these capacities, you will see that they often overlap, and that, in truth, really only a select few academic areas are represented in the FBI.

If you want to ensure your place as an agent, then, you will need to first know what kind of career you wish to have in the FBI and then find an academic area that lines up with that job. While you could possibly major in an area not related to an FBI career and still be hired, this severely limits your chances. And, in a field that is already so competitive, you really don’t want to do anything that hurts your chances of acceptance.

Once you have a pretty clear idea of what area you want to focus on academically, your next step is to choose a school. Actually, it is usually smart to decide on a school type before you go out hunting for schools to attend. This will limit your choices and keep you from getting overwhelmed.

Most FBI agents receive their educations from traditional colleges and universities in the state that are fully accredited. However, for many, the traditional, demanding class schedules and the inability to work at one’s own pace just don’t work, so some choose other options. Community colleges, trade schools, technical schools, and vocational schools are one alternative choice to traditional schools. These institutions tend to offer classes that work with the schedules of busy professionals or parents.

They only offer associate’s degrees in most cases, however, so you should be prepared to transfer the credits earned from such an institution to a traditional school at a later point. Another option is to attend an online school, which will allow you to work at your own pace and to take as many classes at a time as you can manage.

Just keep in mind that for every legitimate online school out there, there are several scams, so you will want to be sure that you do your research in order to make certain that the school you choose is fully accredited and legitimate. When you know what kind of school you wish to attend, you are ready to start browsing through your options.

After you receive your education, then it is time to get your work experience (you’ll need at least two to three years) and to apply to the FBI. If your application is accepted, then you will have to undergo intensive training and testing. If you pass all of that successfully, then the next step is to progress to an actual career as an FBI agent. Don’t be disappointed if your first job in the bureau is entry level or not as exciting as you expected; there is lots of room and time to work your way up, and it is not uncommon for FBI agents to start out small.

You will have many wonderful options in terms of your FBI career. You could work as an actual investigator on various cases, or you might work behind the scenes, planning and plotting investigations and finding out about emerging crimes. You could work in the financial arena, working with federal budgets, or just about anything else you can imagine. If you are ready to have your dream career in the FBI, then you should start preparing for it right away; you have nothing to lose.