Not a Job but a Career Choice
Special Agent/Supervisory Special Agent (Former Employee) – FBIHQ – July 27, 2018
I was a Special Agent for over 27 years. I found the Bureau to be everything I could have asked for in a law enforcement career. It was often times stressful filled with long work hours and I was transferred 5 times all around the country. As a Special Agent who worked primarily criminal investigations, I really felt that I was able to help protect people and make a positive contribution to our country. Almost everyday was exciting and different. As long as you demonstrate you are competent, a self-starter, and are able to obtain results, management for the most part stays out of your way. There are downsides to the job which cannot be overlooked. The job can be very stressful from having so much responsibility and you can potentially get into a lot of trouble based on what you did or didn't do in an investigation. If you work criminal matters, you at some point will find yourself in a life threatening situation. You will work long hours and be on call every day dependent on what is happening in your investigations or in the investigations being conducted by your peers. More than likely you will be transferred at least 2x in your career. Mine included varied places like New Mexico, Michigan, Texas, and FBIHQ. Although tough on the family, I found being transferred to be one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. In conclusion, the Bureau is a great place to work and there is a niche for everyone from criminal investigators, intelligence agents, HRT operators, to pilots etc.
Exciting Work, Challenging Work, Meaningful Work
Long Work Hours, Transfers, Dangerous Situations, Stressful