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 3,925 deputy U.S. marshals employed throughout the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties 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
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide, but primarily urban areas with federal courts
Education and Training
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Government
Experience Minimum of 3 years, work and education
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements Pass a background investigation, drug test, and medical examination; be a U.S. citizen; be between the ages of 21 and 37; 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
Career Ladder
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal Trainee

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