As far as law enforcement goes, jobs do not get much better than those people who have managed to get themselves a job at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI. This is a highly coveted job which not just ‘anyone’ can get their hands on and successful applicants need to be at the top of their game in order to attain such a position.

I was talking with my friend Adam Quirk FBI agent who told me what the process was like for those who wanted to gain a role like his and also what kind of skills the successful applicant needed, here is the information which he gave to me.

Basic Requirements

There are some basic requirements to working for the FBI which are equal across the board, regardless of who you are and what your skills happen to be, they are:

– Applicants must have a valid drivers license

– Applicants have to be a citizen of the United States or a Northern Mariana Islands citizen

– Applicant must be prepared to work anywhere that the FBI sees fit

– Applicants must be at least 23 years old and you must be younger than 37 when you are appointed as an agent

– Applicants must have a 4 year college degree from an institution which has been accredited


Assuming that you tick all of the boxes in terms of the basic requirements for a role with the FBI, it is time to fill out your application. You can apply for jobs within the FBI either online or through an FBI office. If you are successful from the application process, you will then begin 6 stages of testing to see if you have what it takes to go on and become an FBI agent.


The six step testing process which you will undertake following the success of your paper application will include:

– Physical tests

– Background check

– Fitness test

– Medical exam

– Aptitude test

– General exam

In order to get the position of agent, you will need to pass all of these tests with flying colors and aim to be at the top of the class in each category. There are very few agent positions that are usually available and many, many people who wish to apply, for this reason you need to make sure that you are the best. This testing process can take anywhere between 6 months to a couple of years to complete, depending on the applicant.

Educational Support

If you would like to bolster your application for the FBI then there are some university course which are looked upon more favorably than others. If you have yet to elect your college major then consider course such as Law, Engineering and Accounting as there are skills and characteristics within each of these studies which can be applied to a job in the field working with the FBI.

If you want to attain this position then it will not happen by chance, you must be dedicated and hard working.