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EPA Special Agents
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, while job opportunities in local police departments will grow by 9 percent through 2020, employment for law enforcement officials at federal agencies will decline by more than 9 percent during this same time span. Despite this prediction, environmental laws and regulations will continue to be passed, amended, and maintained. Unfortunately, there will always be people out there looking for ways to save money and hassle by evading the laws. EPA special agents will continue to be needed to help prevent and enforce environmental laws and regulations. Competition for jobs will be keen, however, as this is a niche field and there are typically more applicants than there are jobs to fill—although some jobs will become available as agents retire or advance to other positions within the EPA.