Career Paths for FBI Special Agents

Within the FBI’s several divisions (Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, Criminal Investigations, Cyber and Intelligence) are two main career paths – one for Special Agents and one of Professional Staff:

  1. FBI Special Agents
    • Special Agent-Counterintelligence
    • Special Agent-Counterterrorism
    • Special Agent-Criminal Investigations Division
    • Special Agent-Cyber Division
    • Special Agent-Intelligence
  2. Professional Staff
    • Linguistics
    • Intelligence Analysis
    • Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology
    • Information Technology
    • Investigative Support and Surveillance
    • Business Management
    • FBI Police
    • Support Staff (Public Relations, Graphic Arts, Automotive Maintenance, Logistics, Nursing, Firearms Training, etc.)
  3. The Role of Special Agents and Support Staff in FBI Programs

    Special Agents and Professional Staff alike align within these divisions to work together towards a common objective. Special Agents act as the lead in all investigative and crime prevention programs, as well as in incident response situations where tactical operatives such as SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) or HRT (Hostage Rescue Teams) are required. Professional Staff work in support roles vital to the success of missions, programs and incident responses.

    The major investigative and crime/terrorism prevention programs in the FBI include:

    • Counterterrorism
    • Counterintelligence
    • Cyber Crime
    • Environmental Crime
    • Civil Rights
    • Public Corruption
    • Organized Crime
    • White-Collar Crime
    • Violent Gangs
    • Indian Country
    • Significant Violent Crime
    • Crimes Against Children
    • FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
    • Art Crime
    • Background Investigations

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