The law enforcement field is thriving. After a decade of declining crime rates, crime in every category is on the rise across the country. Advances in technology and a post-September 11 emphasis on homeland security have fueled a demand for a new breed of law enforcement professional equipped to meet the changes in national security. Below is an overview of several rewarding law enforcement careers that are in demand in today’s security-conscious society.
1. FBI AgentFBI agents use intelligence to protect the nation from threats and to bring to justice those who violate the law. With almost 35,000 individuals on its payroll, the FBI reports a critical need to hire new Special Agents and support personnel to carry out the FBI's mission. Support personnel include intelligence analysts, language specialists, scientists, information technology specialists, and other professionals.
3. U.S. MarshalU.S. Marshals are the nation's primary fugitive hunting organization and capture more federal fugitives each year than all other national law enforcement agencies combined, according to the United States Marshal Service. Deputy U.S. Marshals are charged with some of the most unique and exciting duties known to law enforcement. As a nationwide agency, the Marshals Service seeks qualified men and women capable of carrying out a broad range of law enforcement and administrative responsibilities.
6. Customs AgentU.S. Customs Agents work for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The CBP's priority mission is preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States. Customs Agents are also charged with facilitating international trade, collecting import duties and enforcing U.S. trade laws. The CBP employs more than 41,000 employees to manage, control and protect the nation’s borders and is actively recruiting for a number of openings in many locations around the country.
United States Secret Service is one of the most elite law enforcement organizations in the world. As one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies in the country, the Secret Service has dual missions of protection and investigation: the Secret Service protects the president, vice president, heads of state and other VIPs and investigates financial and securities-related violations of the law. The Secret Service is currently seeking “highly qualified men and women from diverse backgrounds” and is holding job fairs and employment testing at several locations across the country.