For Immediate Release
March 13, 2002
Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office

Americans of all backgrounds are helping the FBI meet the challenge of global terrorism by applying to work for the organization in record numbers. Since initiating an Internet based Special Agent application process on February 8th of this year, the Bureau had a record 15,000 Special Agent candidates apply.

"At no time in the history of the FBI have we ever received such a large number of applications in such a short period of time," said FBI Director Robert Mueller in Washington. "It is gratifying to see so many people come to us with critically needed skills, especially as we continue the evolution of our mission and our technology."

After the events of September 11th, the FBI identified several skills that were, and still are, needed. These include computer science, engineering, foreign counter intelligence, military intelligence, physical sciences and foreign language skills in Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu, Urdu, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. The on-line response in these areas was far greater than expected. It is reported that 4,500 of the 15,000 applications received indicated expertise in one or more of these highly critical areas.

FBI Special Agents are a highly diverse corps of men and women who are united in their common desire to fight injustice and make a positive difference in the nation and world. "The FBI is strengthened when it reflects the diverse population it serves," Mueller said.

FBI Special Agents must have a 4-year college degree, be a United States citizen, be available for assignment anywhere at any time, be between the ages of 23 to 36-years of age and be in excellent physical condition. It is also a general requirement that they have 3-years professional work experience. Special entry programs exist for those having 4-year degrees in computer science or accounting. They also exist for attorneys, CPAs and linguists. All candidates must pass a thorough background investigation as well as a polygraph and drug urinalysis test.

The FBI is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women of all backgrounds are always needed. For further information visit the FBI Jobs Web Site at and apply on-line. Professional Support positions are also listed on this Site.