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Need A Job? The FBI Is Hiring

Ann Thompson
The FBI typically hires 700-900 agents a year nationwide. Recruits find out their assignment six weeks into their training.

With the unemployment rate sky high because of COVID-19, some could soon be considering a career with the FBI. The agency typically has 700-900 openings a year and it's now recruiting.

Recruiter for the Cincinnati Division Kenny Smith says don't worry if you're not six-feet tall and can't bench hundreds of pounds. He says that's not necessary.

"We are recruiting individuals and if you're smart and you can read and write the English language and you have a passion and you want to protect your country, we are looking for you," he says.

Here are the requirements you will find on

  • Four year college degree
  • Between the ages of 23-36
  • Excellent physical condition
  • No felony convictions
  • Preferably 3-5 years work experience (any field)

The agency is diverse. Agent Smith says in his graduating class there were a couple of lawyers, a dentist and a psychologist. He says the specialties you can go into are wide-ranging - pick your passion. "If you like violent crime there's bank robberies, there's fugitives. If you like espionage there's counterintelligence. If you like counterterrorism there is so much of that."
Applicants accepted into the program train in Quantico, Virginia, for 18 weeks. After six weeks they know their assignment.

Smith says after five years, agents make in the six-figure range.

Ann Thompson has decades of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting.