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Employment at the CBP is steady work that isn't directly affected by changes in the economy but varies depending on government spending. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment of police and detectives, which includes customs officials, will grow slower than the average for all occupations through 2020. Workers in state and federal agencies will have higher pay and more opportunities for advancement. With the increased emphasis on law enforcement, especially the deterrence of terrorism, but also the detection of illegally imported drugs and pornography and the prevention of exports of sensitive high-technology items, employment in the CBP is expected to be steady, but there will be strong competition for jobs. Bilingual individuals with law enforcement experience and a bachelor's degree will have better opportunities for employment as customs officials.
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