Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss


The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Become A Border Patrol Agent

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Border Patrol Agent

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • $77,210

    Average Salary

What Does A Border Patrol Agent Do At Customs and Border Protection

* Planning and directing sector-wide programs that enforce immigration and nationality laws
* Being accountable for the management, administration, and broad technical direction of Sector-wide operations
* Directing and implementing all facets of the U
* S. Border Patrol program related to the prevention of the illegal entry of aliens into the United States
* Determining trends through studies of operations, and developing information of a strategic nature to assist in future planning
* Assisting and collaborating with other federal agencies and foreign governments in order to develop and implement sector operations consistent with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) policy

What Does A Border Patrol Agent Do At Customs and Border Protection

* Providing technical and administrative direction and oversight for training related functions within an assigned area;
* Supervising, managing, or directing operations or operational programs and their appropriate support functions; and
* Developing, managing or directing operational policies related to training and development
* Promotion Eligibility Rules as of October 1, 2013 (Directive No.
* B):
* Individuals in first-line or second-line supervisory/managerial GS
* positions are eligible as competitive candidates.
* Candidates in all other supervisory/managerial GS
* and above positions will be considered non-competitively for this position
* Time-in
* Grade:
* Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service

What Does A Border Patrol Agent Do At Customs and Border Protection

* Assisting, advising, and instructing subordinates in their work and resolving difficult problems requiring coordination with other units: or
* Providing direction and oversight for all Border Patrol related functions within an assigned area

What Does A Border Patrol Agent Do At Customs and Border Protection

* The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees.
* If you currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Border Patrol Agent

Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualification standards. A felony conviction or drug use may disqualify a candidate.


Police and detective applicants must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, although many federal agencies and some police departments require some college coursework or a college degree. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice, and agencies may offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these, or related, degrees. Knowledge of a foreign language is an asset in many federal agencies and geographical regions.

Fish and game wardens applying for federal jobs with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service typically need a college degree; and those applying to work for a state’s natural resources department often need a high school diploma or some college study in a related field, such as biology or natural resources management.

Federal agencies typically require a bachelor's degree. For example, FBI and DEA special agent applicants are often college graduates.

State and local agencies encourage applicants to continue their education after high school, by taking courses and training related to law enforcement. Many applicants for entry-level police jobs have taken some college classes, and a significant number are college graduates. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice. Many agencies offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these or related degrees.


Candidates for appointment usually attend a training academy before becoming an officer. Training includes classroom instruction in state and local laws and constitutional law, civil rights, and police ethics. Recruits also receive training and supervised experience in areas such as patrol, traffic control, firearm use, self-defense, first aid, and emergency response.

Federal law enforcement agents undergo extensive training, usually at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, or at a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Detectives normally begin their careers as police officers before being promoted to detective.

FBI special agent applicants typically must have at least 3 years of professional work experience in areas ranging from computer science to accounting.

Other Experience

Some police departments have cadet programs for people interested in a career in law enforcement who do not yet meet age requirements for becoming an officer. These cadets do clerical work and attend classes until they reach the minimum age requirement and can apply for a position with the regular force. Military or police experience may be considered beneficial for potential cadets.

Cadet candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually be at least 21 years old, have a driver’s license, and meet specific physical qualifications. Applicants may have to pass physical exams of vision, hearing, strength, and agility, as well as written exams. Previous work or military experience is often seen as a plus. Candidates typically go through a series of interviews and may be asked to take lie detector and drug tests. A felony conviction may disqualify a candidate.


Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance. In large departments, promotion may enable an officer to become a detective or to specialize in one type of police work, such as working with juveniles.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Police, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to speak with people when gathering facts about a crime and to express details about a given incident in writing.

Empathy. Police officers need to understand the perspectives of a wide variety of people in their jurisdiction and have a willingness to help the public.

Good judgment. Police and detectives must be able to determine the best way to solve a wide array of problems quickly.

Leadership skills. Police officers must be comfortable with being a highly visible member of their community, as the public looks to them for assistance in emergency situations.

Perceptiveness. Officers, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to anticipate a person’s reactions and understand why people act a certain way.

Physical stamina. Officers and detectives must be in good physical shape, both to pass required tests for entry into the field, and to keep up with the daily rigors of the job.

Physical strength. Police officers must be strong enough to physically apprehend offenders.

Show More

Show Less

Border Patrol Agent jobs

Add To My Jobs

Border Patrol Agent Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

Show More

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Amharic

  • Korean

  • Arabic

  • Italian

Show More

Border Patrol Agent

Unfortunately we don’t have enough data for this section.

Border Patrol Agent Education

Border Patrol Agent

Unfortunately we don’t have enough data for this section.

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time

Top Skills for A Border Patrol Agent


Show More

Top Border Patrol Agent Skills

  1. Border Patrol Academy
  2. Law Enforcement Agencies
  3. Unlawful Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Completed the United State Border Patrol Academy in the top ten percent of the class.
  • Coordinated investigations with military and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Conducted trail surveillance in order to detect and prevent the smuggling and unlawful entry of undocumented aliens into the United States.
  • Coordinated with U.S. Border Patrol Agents to turn over all persons and evidence seized along the border.
  • Detect and prevented smuggling or illegal entry of unknown person or narcotics into the country.

Top Border Patrol Agent Employers

Show More