Not every FBI employee is a Special Agent—FBI staff members come from various backgrounds. Some are accountants and lawyers, while others are forensic scientists and intelligence analysts. The agency tries to place new recruits into positions and branches where their unique skill sets will shine in protecting the nation from unknown threats.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation was formed in 1908 as the nation’s premier federal law enforcement agency. Today, the organization is one of 17 government agencies that comprise the U.S. intelligence community, protecting millions of Americans around the clock. The FBI also consists of several departments—including counterterrorism, counterintelligence, criminal investigation, and cybersecurity. The mission of the FBI is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.
“There’s this prevailing FBI stereotype that we’re all stiff and super serious, but I’ve come to realize that we’re just people who love to laugh, joke, and talk like everyone else. We really care about each other, and our bond’s very strong.”
Staff Operations Specialist
“If you’re interested in joining our team, just be honest with yourself—and be humble. Don’t lie. Everyone has life experiences, and you have to show that you’re willing to learn something new every day.”