Secret Agent Career Information, Job Outlook & Salary

Secret Service Agent

Secret Service Agent Career and Education Requirements

From protecting the nation's most important political figures to investigating financial crimes, U.S. secret service agents are among the elite of America's law enforcement professionals.
The secret service has strict guidelines for its applicants. To qualify for the secret service, you must have your bachelor's degree. The area of study is not specified, but criminal justice degrees would likely be particularly relevant. An online degree or traditional campus degree would both qualify. Online criminal justice degrees are available with a variety of specializations.
If you have not graduated in the top third of your class, or with a grade point average above 3.0, then you must either complete one year of graduate school training or have a background in law enforcement training equivalent to one year of specialized experience. Previous experience in a police job such as investigator or officer might qualify you for this experience requirement. Certain security jobs might also meet the requirements.

Secret Service Agent Employment

The Secret Service currently employs over 3,000 special agents, approximately 1,300 uniformed division officers, and over 2,000 other personnel.

Secret Service Agent Job Description

Although no specific data is available for projected job outlook of secret service agents, the need for agents remains consistent as long as there are politicians to protect and currency laws to enforce. Police jobs like officer and detective are expected to see average growth in coming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while law enforcement careers at the state and federal level may see more competition.

Secret Service Agent Salary Range

*The 2009 salary range for secret service agents is $43,200 to $73,354, depending on placement level and geographic location.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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