So, you think you want to bring down the bad guys on a national level? Think about a career in the FBI.
You must be an American citizen, between the ages of 23 and 37, and have a bachelors degree. You must also have 3 years work experience. While a degree in law enforcement or psychology is the obvious major, you may also be employed by the FBI with a degree in:
Biology (forensic science)
Accounting/CPA (useful in tax fraud)
-Or if you have a military background
Once accepted to the FBI training program, you will spend 21 weeks training at their facility in Quantico, Virginia. You will have to pass a rigorous physical, and will have random drug testing throughout your career with the FBI, once permanently hired. You will also be required to take a lie detector test before you are offered a position. Anyone and everyone you know will be profiled (checked out) by the FBI: parents, aunts and uncles, siblings, friends--everyone. Should one of them not have a clean background, you may be rejected as a candidate because you have associated with them. This background checking will likely not be known to the people it involves. Out of 10,000 applicants received, typically 500-750 of those people will be hired.
As an FBI agent,you may be in danger some or all of the time during your work. There can be high demands on your time and involvement, so it can be difficult to maintain a 'personal life' while you are an agent. However, you would be working with the most qualified in your field, and would use the most sophisticated technology. You would likely travel in the U.S. and overseas. You'd be constantly challenged and always be learning on the job.
The FBI is charged with investigating ..
threats to national security
terrorism, both domestic and international
kidnapping, especially children under age 12
Here is the government's website:
*Note: The CIA is a separate department from the FBI; the FBI has an enforcement component that the CIA does not have (the CIA is for gathering intelligence).
Think about whether you have what it takes to work at the FBI, and if you do--Go for it!