Vermont residents who wish to pursue careers in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as agents are often very curious about what the degree requirements are for such a career.
While there certainly are degree requirements that must be met in order to even have your application considered, there are also other requirements that often get overlooked in the worry about degree requirements.
This is unfortunate, because these requirements are every bit as important and as necessary as the educational requirements. You really need to make sure that you have them all under control if you are going to be an FBI agent.
First and foremost, there is an age requirement for applying to the FBI, something that many people are unaware of. Also, the age requirement often comes as a surprise, since age discrimination is not allowed for most jobs.
With the FBI, however, it is important that agents have reached a certain age for maturity and life experience purposes, and that they not be over a certain age to ensure their continued health and safety .The age requirement mandates that FBI applicants be at least twenty-three years of age, and that they be no more than thirty-six years of age.
Outside of the age requirements, applicants also need to have led a “good” life. What we mean by this is that they should not have any kind of criminal record. Having a misdemeanour charge, in some very rare cases, may be acceptable, but it will still hurt your chances of being accepted.
Those with felony charges are not even eligible to apply. In some cases, even having been charged with a crime, even if you were not found guilty, can make getting accepted to the FBI a challenge, so always be on your best behavior and remember that your future is at stake.
You will also need to be in excellent physical health in order to serve in the FBI. While people certainly cannot help their health, it is imperative that FBI agents be healthy in order to do their job correctly. Smoking is frowned upon, as is excessive alcohol consumption.
Drug use is not prohibited at all. For some jobs, excellent vision and/or hearing may also be a requirement. Some jobs, however, are more physically demanding than others, so it is not necessary for every single applicant to be in perfect physical health.
Mental health is important as well. FBI agents should not have any serious mental health issues that might interfere with their jobs. They should be of sound mind, be able to make decisions carefully and correctly, and should be honest. Extensive mental health testing will be performed prior to FBI acceptance, and it is imperative for prospective agents to be honest and forthcoming about the details of their current mental health and their mental health pasts. Deliberate dishonesty is cause for immediate expulsion from the bureau, even if a person is already serving at the time that the dishonesty is discovered.
In addition to meeting all of these requirements, there is still the educational component. If you can’t meet the above requirements, though, then having even the best education in the world will not help your odds or make your eligible for FBI service. In addition to meeting the requirements discussed above, FBI agents will need to possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Even though this is the minimum requirement, master’s level degrees and doctoral level degrees are highly preferred. Just keep the time in mind as you earn your education, because you will also need to have two to three years of work experience, preferably related to your degree.
Theoretically, you can major in or study anything in order to become an FBI agent. However, there are definitely certain courses of study that are preferred over others. These include areas that are directly related to various FBI careers, such as criminology, criminal justice, crime scene investigation, computer science, information technology, foreign languages, accounting, finance, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, mathematics, and others. With a little research, though, you can find your niche in the FBI and earn an education that showcases your knowledge.