When one thinks of federal law enforcement, the first agency that comes to mind is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). However, FBI agents have many more responsibilities than simply enforcement of federal laws. They help to keep the United States safe from terrorism, at home and abroad. They also investigate criminal matters including corruption, drug trafficking, kidnapping, organized crime, and white-collar crime.
Washington State’s FBI field office is located in Seattle. FBI jobs in Washington may involve working closely with the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unit of the Department of Homeland Security in border security matters; as well as investigation of cases including but not limited to mortgage fraud; trafficking in counterfeit goods, drugs, and even people; murder; child pornography; and domestic violence on Native American /Indian reservations in Washington.
- Grand Canyon University - B.S. in Justice Studies and M.S. in Criminal Justice
- SNHU - A.S. in Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Justice - Criminology, and M.S. in Criminal Justice
- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
- Saint Joseph's University - Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice
- Utica College - BS and MS Degrees in Cyber Intelligence, Cybercrime Instigations, Monitoring and Surveillance, Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation, Criminal Intelligence Analysis, and more.
How to Become an FBI Special Agent in Washington: Training and Degree Requirements
Any Washington resident who wishes to become an FBI special agent in Washington must first meet fundamental requirements:
- Be an American citizen
- Be an American resident for three of the past five years
- Have a valid U.S. drivers’ license and six months’ driving experience
- Have at least a bachelor’s degree
- Have at least two years of professional experience
- Be willing to undergo 20 weeks of training in Virginia, if hired
- Be willing to be placed by the FBI anywhere needed, if hired
- Be willing to work long hours and overtime, if hired
- Be willing to carry firearms at all times, if hired
Applications to become an FBI agent are accepted online at www.fbijobs.gov. Additionally, one may visit the Seattle Field Office of the FBI at 1110 3rd Avenue; call them at (206) 622-0460; or email to %