October 26, 2014

Spotlight: Border Patrol Agents

Do you know much about the US Customs and Border Protection? This multi-billion dollar government agency employs the front line heroes that keep the United States safe. The CBP is part of the Department of Homeland Security and they have the massive, complex, and vast task of protecting the borders of the United States.

The CBP protects over 95,000 miles of shoreline, 5,525 miles of US/Canada border, and 1,989 miles of US/Mexico border. Over 500 million people cross the borders each year. The 301 border patrol facilities employ over 20,000 border patrol agents who work around the clock to monitor the traffic on these borders. It’s a challenging and dangerous task and the CBP is always looking for brave new border patrol agents to sign up.

Learn More About Custom and Border Patrol Jobs

Border Patrol Agents inspect every person, vehicle, and package that crosses into the United States. It is their job to enforce all regulations, monitor immigration, detect smuggling operations, and prevent terrorism. They may work at 24-hour border checkpoints, go on covert operations to identify and prevent illegal actions, or do routine checks. It’s a busy job that requires dedication.

While most people entering the US are harmless, border patrol agents are always on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary. It’s amazing what they prevent from entering the US – aliens, terrorists, narcotics, contraband. From car loads of illegal immigrants to trucks filled with narcotics to loads of fruit infested with pests an alert border patrol agent must always be ready for anything.

The US Customs and Border Patrol is hiring. We found this border patrol agent job description on the JobMonkey Job Board:

“The Border Patrol Agent’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Detection, prevention, and apprehension of undocumented aliens and smugglers of aliens at or near the land borders by maintaining surveillance from covert positions, following up leads, responding to electronic sensor alarms and infrared scopes during night operations, low light level television systems, aircraft sightings, and interpreting and following tracks, marks and other physical evidence.
  • Farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, traffic observation, city patrol, transportation checks, administrative, intelligence, and anti-smuggling activities.” (From JobMonkeyJobs)

To become a border patrol agent, applicants must be US citizens and reside in the US. They must pass physical tests, entrance exams, polygraph exams, and have pass a background check. Border patrol agents carry firearms and must be able to drive. The majority of border patrol agent jobs are on the US/Mexico border, but there are still many on the US/Canada border and on the coastline.

Find out more about the US Customs and Border Patrol and courageous careers as border patrol agents on JobMonkey. You can also find CBP job listings on the JobMonkey Job Board. The CBP is also on Twitter as @CustomsBorder. Follow them today!

Are you ready to keep the US borders safe and secure? Then apply to be a Border Patrol Agent today.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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