Iowa residents who are interested in becoming employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) often wonder if there is some kind of certification or training program that they can simply enroll in to get the job of their dreams. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, and it’s not quite that simple.

Becoming a member of the FBI requires that you meet certain prerequisites and then that you go through an application process, a testing process to make sure you meet the bureau’s high standards, and then intensive training at a special FBI training center.

Before you worry about the application or testing or training, you should first make sure that you meet the prerequisites. If you do not, then there is no sense in continuing your journey toward becoming an FBI agent. These standards are set in stone and are not negotiable under any circumstances.

You have to have United States citizenship or Northern Mariana Islands citizenship, and you also have to be between the ages of twenty-three and thirty-six. You must not have any felony convictions on your record, and you must currently possess a valid driver’s license. You also have to be able to pass a drug test, must never have defaulted on a student loan, have at least three years of work experience, and be in good physical and mental health.

If you meet or can soon meet all of the above standards, then your next step is education, but not in the form of a simple certification program. The FBI requires that all of its applicants have at least a bachelor’s degree, which must come from an accredited college or university.

It is important to note that this degree can be in just about anything, but there are definitely some subject areas that are in higher demand than others.

These subject areas include anything related to computers, especially majors like computer science or computer information technology. Cyber crime is a new major that has also become popular as of late. Legal degrees are common as well, especially general law degrees, criminal justice, criminology, crime scene investigation, and law enforcement.

You can also use a major in any foreign language or in linguistics to your benefit. Accounting degrees and degrees in general financial services are also quite useful. While you don’t have to major in one of these fields, doing so can greatly improve your chances of acceptance to the FBI.

When you have decided upon a major, all you have to do is choose an accredited school to apply to and attend. The good news for you is that Iowa definitely does not have a shortage of good, accredited higher learning institutions from which to earn your degree. You can go the traditional route and attend a standard college or university, or you can opt for a community college or vocational institution, from which you can transfer the credits earned to an undergraduate program. You can also choose from online schools based all over the world. Just find the right fit for you and your individual career and personal goals.

After your schooling is done, the hard work isn’t quite over yet. You will still need to fill out an online application for admission to the bureau. Make sure you give this application your all, as it will determine whether or not you will be able to be employed by the FBI. If your application is accepted, then you will undergo physical and mental testing before being admitted to a training center to get you fully prepared for your new job.