What can I be?
Career focus: FBI special agent
January 9, 2002 Posted: 2:50 PM EST (1950 GMT)
(CNN) -- Where can you don a lab coat and immerse yourself in the world of science, solve crimes like a gumshoe, speak or read in several languages and work on a computer, too? If you had a job at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, you might solve crimes for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the world as a special agent. If world languages are your interest, you might be a language specialist, or you could put your analytical mind to work as a forensic scientist.
What does it take to be a special agent?
Among other qualifications:
You must be a United States citizen, or a citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands.
You must be between the ages of 23 and 37 years old when applying for work at the FBI.
You must be ready and willing to work anywhere in the FBI's jurisdiction.
You must have good vision, hearing and physical fittness
You must possess a four-year college degree from an accredited institution
You must have a valid driver's license
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The FBI was born out of the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. The specially qualified agents had no official name or specific leader, but they were the forerunners of the FBI. Over the years, the FBI has been involved in many infamous cases including the giant manhunt for robbers Bonnie and Clyde in 1934, and the famous kidnapping of the baby of aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow in 1932. The FBI aims to protect U.S. citizens from violations of federal law and international terrorism.
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