FBI seeks special agents recruits in Houston
Houstonians, whether they have been training to be an investigator their whole life or are just a fan of the “X-Files,” can apply to be a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Houston FBI Field Office is currently recruiting agents from the Houston-area.
Applicants are required to be a U.S. citizen between the age of 23 and 36 with no criminal history. A four-year degree with two years of work experience, or an advanced degree with one year of work experience, is also required.
David Baker, applicant recruiter for the FBI Houston Field Office, said all 56 FBI offices are hiring 900 agents this year around the country in an effort to diversify the agency workforce to better represent the American people.
“When we talk about diversity, we mean not only ethnic backgrounds, but also professional and educational backgrounds,” he said. “Historically, people feel like to be a part of the FBI you have to have a criminal justice degree, be in the military, be a police officer. That’s not true. Myself, I’ve been an agent almost going on 23 years now and I have an accounting and finance background.”
Applicants who meet the basic requirements will be invited to the Diversity Agent Recruiting event in Cypress on May 6, where they will learn more about the organization directly from agents in the FBI, Baker said.
“We’ll talk about Quantico and we’ll have a panel of agents from different facets of the bureau talking about their experiences and how they got started,” he said. “If you are willing to be an agent, you will be taught at Quantico. They taught me everything I need to know to be an agent and you have a lot of support in the field. The system is there to make you a very successful agent.”
Baker said applicants will be trained on the job and will use skills they already have if selected to be an agent following a drug test, physical fitness test, background check and a polygraph test. Agents are needed all over the country and may be selected to move for the job, Baker said.
As for the physical fitness test, Christina Guzman, public affairs officer for the FBI Houston Field Office, said applicants who reach the next step of the hiring process should begin preparing for the physical fitness test soon.
“(Applicants) end up failing it so much so that FBI developed an app just for the physical fitness test to get potential candidates ready for that,” she said. “It includes proper form and the exercises. That’s one of the areas people might take for granted but eventually that’s one of the things you need to be ready for.”
Overall, Baker and Guzman want anyone interested in the opportunity, regardless of their background or perception, to apply for the position and learn more.
“We want you to really consider this career opportunity,” Baker said. “We want you to come to the event, we want you to listen to what we have to say. We want you to interact. We want you to not leave there with any unanswered questions and go home, sit back and really consider this a career option.”
The invitation-only Diversity Agent Recruiting session will be May 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Cypress. Representatives did not disclose the location. Interested parties may apply at apply.fbijobs.gov.