Private Investigations and Personal Security/Secret agent


How old do you have to be to become a secret agent?

You have to be at least 21 for most of the federal agencies such as FBI, CIA, DEA, etc.  However, most also require a 4 year college degree to even apply so the average applicant is around 25 or so...

Many of the investigative jobs have age requirements and applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and under the age of thirty seven at the time of appointment. Other positions only state that you must be 21 years of age and be a U.S. Citizens. Each job announcement will provide all of the qualifications required for that position. The point is that if you want to work in law enforcement and you are over age 37 your options are more limited and you may have to consider a support position that does not have an age requirement.

The Federal government maintains a high profile in many areas of law enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice is the largest employer of sworn Federal officers. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents are the Government's principal investigators, responsible for investigating violations of more than 260 statutes and conducting sensitive national security investigations. Agents may conduct surveillance, monitor court-authorized wiretaps, examine business records, investigate white-collar crime, track the interstate movement of stolen property, collect evidence of espionage activities, or participate in sensitive undercover assignments. The FBI investigates organized crime, public corruption, financial crime, fraud against the government, bribery, copyright infringement, civil rights violations, bank robbery, extortion, kidnapping, air piracy, terrorism, espionage, interstate criminal activity, drug trafficking, and other violations of Federal statutes.  

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