Secret Service Special Agents

Secret Service special agents are employed by the U.S. Secret Service, part of the Department of Homeland Security. Secret Service agents work to protect the president and other political leaders of the United States, as well as heads of foreign states or governments when they are visiting the United States. Special agents also investigate financial crimes. The U.S. Secret Service employs about 6,500 people, about 3,200 of whom are special agents.


Quick Facts
Duties Protect the president and other political leaders of the United States, as well as heads of foreign states or governments when they are visiting the United States; investigate financial crimes
Alternate Title(s) Lead Advance Agents, Protective Research Engineers, Protective Research Technicians
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available in field offices throughout the U.S., but many agents are based in Washington, D.C.
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education
Experience Three years' experience in law enforcement or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience required
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be at least 21 and less than 37 years of age at the time of appointment; must meet physical requirements; undergo background, drug, and polygraph screenings
Career Ladder
  • Special Agent in Charge of a Field Office or Headquarters Division
  • Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge
  • Resident Agent in Charge of a District
  • Senior Special Agent
  • Entry-Level Secret Service Special Agent

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