Deputy U.S. Marshals

The United States Marshals Service forms a central part of the federal government's law enforcement efforts. As a bureau within the Department of Justice, the Marshals Service reports to the U.S. attorney general. Among the responsibilities of deputy U.S. marshals are providing court security, which includes personal protection of judges, judicial officials, and jurors; serving warrants and process documents; locating and apprehending fugitives; transporting prisoners; managing the federal Witness Security Program; seizing assets used in or resulting from criminal activity; and handling special assignments and operations. There are approximately 3,752 deputy U.S. marshals employed throughout the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Provide court security, which includes personal protection of judges, judicial officials, and jurors; serve warrants and process documents; locate and apprehend fugitives; transport prisoners; manage the federal Witness Security Program; seize assets used in or resulting from criminal activity; and handle special assignments and operations
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide, but primarily urban areas with federal courts
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Foreign Language
  • Government
  • History
Experience Minimum of 3 years, work and education
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Foreign Language
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Pass a background investigation, drug test, and medical examination; be a U.S. citizen; be between the ages of 21 and 36; have vision of 20/200 uncorrected in both eyes or better; hearing equivalent to being able to hear a whispered voice at 15 feet; may not have insulin-dependent diabetes or any other health condition that might interfere with job performance
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal Trainee

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