Border patrol agents work diligently every day around the clock to secure international borders and coastal waters between ports of entry. As part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection unit of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, they prevent or apprehend illegal border crossers, smugglers, and potential criminals from entering the U.S. and carrying out illegal activities and attacks.
If you decide to work in this field, you'll need to be a master of observation. Border patrol agents are responsible for watching the border, performing traffic checkpoint operations, detecting, preventing, or apprehending undocumented aliens and smugglers, using electronic surveillance equipment, responding to alarms, and conducting patrols and other law enforcement duties. These agents also collaborate closely with other local and federal agencies, including customs enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
If you're interested in becoming a border patrol agent, you'll need to be under the age of 40, be physically fit, be eligible for Veteran's Preference or have previous federal law enforcement experience. You'll also have to undergo extensive training.
As part of your training, you will also need to complete an intensive Spanish language training program if you are not already proficient in the language. Students who fail to meet any of the academic standards, including language proficiency, are dismissed.