Border Patrol Agents

Border patrol agents, also known as border patrol officers, patrol more than 8,000 miles of border between the United States and Canada and between the United States and Mexico, as well as the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida. It is their duty to enforce laws regulating the entry of aliens and products into the United States. They are employed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of the Department of Homeland Security.


Quick Facts
Duties Patrol more than 8,000 miles of border between the United States and Canada and the U.S. and Mexico; enforce laws regulating the entry of aliens and products into the U.S.
Alternate Title(s) Border Patrol Officers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available at various ports of entry throughout the continental United States, especially in the Southwest and on the Canadian border, but also in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • Government
Experience Applicants must meet experience and/or educational requirements
Skills
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements Border patrol agents must be U.S. citizens and under the age of 40 when hired. Age waivers are available to those with law enforcement or military backgrounds.
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor, or Immigration inspector/Examiner, or Special Agent
  • Experienced Border Patrol Agent
  • Entry-Level Border Patrol Agent

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  • $0
  • 25
  • 50
  • 75
  • 100
  • 100+
Yearly Salary Range (US$ Thousands)