What does a Special Agent do?

Special agents are detectives or criminal investigators who work for government agencies to investigate suspected and alleged criminal violations of laws and to determine if the evidence is sufficient to warrant prosecution. Special agents work in the investigation, criminal justice, and homeland security functions. They investigate many forms of illegal activity including kidnapping, bank robbery, cybercrime, and other white-collar crime. They work to enforce the nation’s law and are involved in national security issues and matters and monitor ongoing situations and conduct investigations to look for possible threats.

Special agents protect national borders and are responsible for investigating interstate crimes, international espionage, and potential terrorist threats. They work in undercover assignments to gather evidence, do surveillance and observation, and monitor activity on court-authorized wiretaps. They interview witnesses or suspects to obtain intelligence on illegal activities, and they examine personal, financial, and business records. They serve arrest warrants and take individuals into custody as approved by the court. Special agents need a minimum associate's degree with a concentration in criminal justice.

What responsibilities are common for Special Agent jobs?
  • Assist in preparing court documents for criminal cases, hearings, and collections.
  • Prepare reports and recommendations as directed by project manager.
  • Update and close case files continually and in an accurate manner.
  • Use defined research procedures to identify and resolve issues.
  • Resolve escrow closing issues with property owners, agencies, and escrow holders.
  • Conduct initial interviews of people calling regarding fraud allegation and to generate fraud referrals.
  • Assist with field rollout of new products, programs, and tools.
  • Act as an advance agent or support agent for security operations.
What are the typical qualifications for Special Agent jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or computer science.
  • Strong command of the English language and good communication/interview skills.
  • Exhibit strong leadership, time management, and problem solving skills.
  • Mastery of multiple languages is an asset.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

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31 Oct 2021

“Lastly salaries are late if you missed an hour you need to contact admins for you get your salaries.”

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“u get to work from home and they semd u the equipment which is amazing..”

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“The pay is fantastic and for me the best part is the people I work with.”

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“They have great mentorship that makes my career in Real Estate fun and helps me to always learn and grow.”

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31 Mar 2021

“Training was minimal and was expected to know what to do even when you just started.”

US Department of Homeland SecurityUS Department of Homeland Security
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8 Sept 2022

“This has been the best career and I wouldn't have done anything different or changed anything.”

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28 Sept 2022

“I received an email stating training attire was a black shirt and black pants or khakis.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Special Agent

When working as a Special Agent, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Graduate Level, Graduate Degree, Top Secret Clearance, General Medical and Investigating.

The most similar professions to Special Agent are:
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  • Correctional Officer

The most common qualifications to become a Special Agent is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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