Customs and Border Patrol Agent Jobs
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible for securing the United States borders. This includes preventing terrorists and weapons from entering the U.S., preventing smuggling, stopping the entry of illegal immigrants, and catching those people who do try to illegally enter the United States.
Job Description: A Day in the Life of a CBP Agent
Entry-level CBP agents start their careers working on the southwestern border of the U.S.
General Requirements and Training
Applicants interested in CBP agent jobs must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered: be a legal U.S. resident for at least three years; under age 40; carry a valid driver's license; have sufficient acceptable experience demonstrating an ability to take charge and make decisions under stress or hold a four-year Bachelor's Degree. A polygraph test, physical fitness test, medical exam, and drug test. Spanish language skills are also an asset.
Successful applicants are required to complete a 19-week paid training course at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico. CBP agent training covers topics such as immigration and nationality laws, physical training, driving, marksmanship and Spanish language training.
CBP agents must be available to move on short notice for temporary assignments and for permanent reassignment. Applicants should also be aware that all border patrol agents begin work along the Southwest U.S. border upon completing training.
Salary, Benefits and Opportunities for Advancement
Depending on education and experience, entry-level CBP officers begin with the government pay scale level of GL-5 (averaging approximately $36,658 base pay annually), GL-7 ($41,729), or GL-9 ($46,542).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers excellent opportunities for advancement thanks to the growth of the organization since U.S. terrorism concerns spiked after the 9/11 attacks. Qualified agents who prove themselves on the job may advance to GS-12 supervisory positions, receiving increasing salary, responsibilities and leadership.
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