If you live in Nebraska and have an interest in becoming an FBI agent, then your first step should definitely be to pursue an education of some kind. You can really major in anything that you are interested in and still find your own place in the FBI.

However, there are definitely some educational backgrounds that are certainly more in demand than others. Right now, for example, the bureau is heavily recruiting people with educational and/or work experience in scientific fields such as biology and chemistry; law enforcement, investigation, and criminal justice; foreign language; engineering; computer science and information technology; and applied mathematics, such as accounting and finance.

If you have an interest in one of these subjects, then your chances of being accepted to the FBI are greatly improved. It is important to note, however, that you can’t force yourself to study or be good at something your heart isn’t really in. So, do what you love most, whether or not it is one of these subjects. If you are truly good at what you do and possess other worthwhile skills, then you may still be accepted to the FBI.

The good news is that, in terms of your education, there are lots of fine schools to choose from in the state of Nebraska. Community colleges or technical and trade schools can be a great starting point for many. Students often find success with Central Community College, located in Grand Island, and its associate’s degree program in criminal justice, or with the well known ITT Technical Institute, in Omaha, offering the same.

For those who prefer online programs to traditional ones, Kaplan University, which has physical bases in both Lincoln and Omaha, has a good online bachelor’s degree program in corrections. Doane College, in Lincoln, and Chadron State College, in Chadron, are other popular choices with their bachelors’ degree programs in criminal justice.

You should be aware, as you plan out your education with the hopes of going into the FBI that you will need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for admission. A lot of people, though, do prefer to start their educations with a simple associate’s degree, which is typically earned in about two years, usually from an affordable community college.

There is no shame in this, and the credits earned from such an institution are almost always designed to easily transfer to an undergraduate program. Just know that your credits will not do you much good if you don’t plan on transferring and completing your degree.

For an even greater chance of breaking into the highly competitive FBI world, you might even consider taking your education beyond a bachelor’s degree.

While having a master’s degree or even a PhD are not sure bets that you will be admitted to the bureau- nothing is really a sure bet when so many different factors are being considered- they can greatly increase your odds of being accepted and enjoying a long career.