7 Booming Federal Career Fields
Currin Berdine | Editor
Security, Enforcement, Investigation and Intelligence
Security officers patrol and inspect property to protect against fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity. They also interview witnesses or victims, prepare case reports, and testify in court.
Law Enforcement Officers, Federal Agents and Detectives usually specialize in investigating one type of violation, such as homicide or fraud. Daily activities differ depending on occupational specialties – such as police officer, game warden, or detective – and whether they are working for a local, State or Federal agency.
Median Annual Salary
In 2007, agents entering the Federal service as GS-10 employees receive a salary of $48,159 – $60,199.
Many entry-level applicants for security and police jobs have completed some formal postsecondary education. A significant number are college graduates. Many junior colleges, colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement or criminal justice.
Considering an undergraduate or Master’s degree (and good grades) in any of these fields of study are your best shot and getting in and advancing as a federal agent in this day and age.
• US Border Patrol agents protect more than 8,000 miles of international land and water boundaries.
• Immigration inspectors interview and examine people seeking entrance to the United States and its territories.
• Federal Air Marshals provide air security by guarding against attacks targeting US aircraft, passengers, and crews.
• US Secret Service agents and officers investigate counterfeiting, forgery of Government checks or bonds, and fraudulent use of credit cards.