A lot of people are under the impression that they have to take specific classes or earn a specific degree in order to become employed as agents in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The truth is, however, that there really isn’t one set educational path that must be taken in order to work in the bureau.

Instead, new agents come in from all kinds of educational and employment backgrounds. That is not to say, of course, that certain areas are not in higher demand in the FBI than others.

In fact, the vast majority of agents will have experience in one of five areas. These areas include accounting and finance, computer science and/or information technology, foreign languages or linguistics, law, or some combination of these.

Therefore, if you have an interest in one of these subject areas and are willing to commit yourself to earning at least a bachelor’s degree in it, then you can become educationally prepared for an exciting and fulfilling career as an FBI agent. Be aware, however, that each of these majors encompasses a wide range of different study programs, so you can find one that is specifically tailored to your interests.

Bachelor’s degree programs in any subject area can typically be completed in about four years, on average. The good news for you, as an Alabama agent, is that you have a wide range of choices as to where to get your degree. Alabama is home to lots of accredited colleges and universities, which are an excellent choice for many aspiring FBI agents. If that isn’t quite your style, though, you still have other options.

Some FBI agents choose to first earn their associate’s degrees, usually from a community college or from a trade or technical school, and then make the choice to transfer the credits earned to an undergraduate institution. Others, more and more in this day and age, select online schools, which allow them to earn their degrees right from the comfort and security of their own homes.

No matter where you decide to earn your degree, though, the most important thing you can do is to make sure that the institution is fully accredited. Unaccredited schools are not able to grant legitimate degrees, so anything you earn from such an institution will be worthless to you in terms of getting into the FBI.

Once you’ve nailed down what you want to go to school for and where, you are ready to being your first step of the journey toward becoming an FBI agent. Know that this will take some real hard work and dedication on your part. The journey will also require you to complete at least three years of work experience, to submit an application, and to pass extensive background testing, physical testing, and even mental testing. If you stick with it, though, and give each step of the process your all, you can have the job you really want.