Many students aspire to become an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI agents protect the United States from domestic and international threats. In addition, FBI agents work in tandem with other branches of government to protect citizens and uphold the law. Because there are many areas of specialization at the FBI, high school students can prepare for a career as an agent by maintaining strong grades across the curriculum. In addition, due to the physical and fitness requirements and training, high school students should stay fit by taking gym classes and engaging in different sports.
Applicant Requirements and Special Agent Entry Programs
In order to appropriately prepare, high school students should research the FBI application requirements and the different entry programs. All FBI agents are required to be U.S. citizens who have a four-year degree from an accredited college. In addition, applicants must be at least 23 years old and have three years of prior work experience. Finally, take high school classes to prepare by reviewing the different agent entry programs. These program areas include: accounting, computer science/technology, language and law.
Math and Technology Courses
If you are interested in applying to the accounting and computer science entry areas of the FBI, you should focus on math and technology classes to prepare for a math or computer science college program. Many high schools offer math courses in every subject area, and often advanced placement math courses are available for juniors and seniors. Focusing on math will provide an important foundation for an accounting degree, which could be used to investigate white collar crimes at the FBI. In addition, due to widespread computer crimes, both domestically and internationally, the FBI is seeking out applicants who are well versed in computer science. Sign up for computer classes, workshops and clubs throughout your high school career.
Foreign Language Courses and the Humanities
The Federal Bureau of Investigation also seeks lawyers to guide the agency’s effort to uphold the law. In order to prepare for college and law school, high school students should focus on humanities courses that require a great deal of reading and writing. In addition, the FBI also employs agents who are fluent in several languages. Many high schools offer a range of language courses. Take advantage of the foreign language opportunities at your school and also look for online language courses and workshops.
Special Agent Physical Requirements
Because FBI agents are often put in dangerous situations and environments, it is important that they are physically fit. The FBI physical fitness test includes timed sit-ups and push-ups, a 300 meter sprint and a timed 1.5 mile run. High School students can prepare for the physical requirements of the FBI by engaging in school sports, taking additional gym courses and working out at the school gym.
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