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Security and Investigations Careers at the FBI

Forensics Careers

Forensics careers at the FBI require intuition and curiosity to gather and analyze evidence in support of investigations.

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Our forensics professionals do not stop at the easy answers. From diligently preserving and analyzing evidence to investigating financial crimes, our forensics professionals tackle complex challenges with every assignment.

Examples of Forensics Roles​​​​​​​

  • Cryptanalysts work on codebreaking and analyzing evidence in a variety of forms and record their findings in lab reports that may be used to testify in court.

  • Digital forensic examiners (PDF) serve as the FBI’s subject matter experts in digital forensics in support of investigations.

  • Evidence technicians are responsible for the receipt, retention, and disposition of evidence. They provide extensive advice, guidance, and training to their FBI colleagues on all aspects of evidence processing and procedures.

Forensic Accountants

Forensic accountants use their auditing skills and investigative techniques to analyze and track money laundered by terrorists, spies, and criminals.

Forensic Accountant

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Qualifications and Eligibility

Minimum Qualifications

For digital forensic examiner roles, you must have one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S.- accredited college or university with at least 24 college semester hours in one of the following fields: computer science, digital forensics, engineering, information technology, or mathematics

  • At least four years of full-time professional work experience in the field of digital forensics

  • A combination of academics, work experience, or industry standard certification

For forensic accountant roles, you must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S.-accredited college or university in accounting or a related field, such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to six hours in business law.

Preferred professional experience includes:

  • A minimum of three to five years of full-time, post-collegiate experience in public accounting/audit, forensic accounting, and/or internal audit

  • Certifications such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)

Specialized Training

Forensic Accountant Core Training Session (FACTS)

Upon being hired, all FBI forensic accountants attend a five-week Forensic Accountant Core Training Session (FACTS) held at the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Note: Qualifications and requirements may vary. For a complete list, please reference a specific job listing.


In addition to job-specific qualifications, you must meet all of the eligibility requirements to work at the FBI.


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Hiring Process

The hiring process consists of multiple phases. The first step is to visit our application portal and create a profile.

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For more information and to see the process in detail, visit the hiring process section on our Eligibility and Hiring page.

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