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Security and Investigations Careers at the FBI

Language Careers

FBI language professionals are versed in a broad spectrum of linguistic and cultural expertise that is vital to our understanding of the communities we protect and serve.

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Our language professionals specialize in translating written or audio materials, assisting special agents with interviews, and providing cultural expertise to support investigations.

Examples of Language Roles

  • Language analysts specialize in one foreign language and provide translation, interpretation, and cultural expertise.

  • Applied linguists are experts in language testing, conduct quality assurance and reliability studies, and stay informed of current trends in linguistics.

Independent contract linguists

Contract linguists provide interpretation and translation services, as well as cultural expertise. Contract linguists are considered self-employed and are not eligible to receive government benefits. They earn an hourly rate as determined by their language proficiency levels.

Contract Linguist Details

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Qualifications and Eligibility

Minimum Qualifications

For most language positions, you must:

  • Pass the FBI’s Foreign Language Test Battery or English Test Battery

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 FBI eligibility requirements.


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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.

Hiring Process

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Related Opportunities

Student and Graduates

We encourage undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students majoring in specialized fields to apply for our Honors Internship Program, and we encourage recent graduates seeking entry-level positions to apply to our Collegiate Hiring Initiative.

Students and Graduates

Intelligence Analysts

The analytical skills of language professionals may translate well to intelligence roles. Find out more about intelligence careers at the FBI.

Intelligence Analysts