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Security and Surveillance

Professional Careers at the FBI

Security and Surveillance Careers

FBI investigations rely on a constant stream of intelligence assembled by our highly-skilled security and surveillance professionals.

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Security and surveillance specialists work alongside special agents to provide analytics, intelligence, and surveillance products to defend national security.

Examples of Security and Surveillance Roles

  • Investigative specialists conduct physical surveillance related to foreign counterintelligence functions of the FBI.

  • Security specialists conduct background checks and collect requirements for security clearances to determine an applicant's employment suitability.

  • Surveillance specialists conduct static surveillance to discreetly gather intelligence and provide information to special agents in support of ongoing counterterrorism, foreign counterintelligence, and criminal investigations.

  • Threat intake examiners at the National Threat Operations Center answer, assess, and prioritize online tips and phone calls from the public.

Staff Operations Specialist/Tactical Specialist

For Current FBI Employees Only

Staff Operations Specialist/Tactical Specialist (SOS/TS) provide tactical analysis to operational personnel in support of FBI investigations. They work alongside intelligence analysts and special agents and provide mission-critical contributions to the FBI. 


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Qualifications and Eligibility

Minimum Qualifications

For most security and surveillance positions, you must have one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S.-accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Professional work experience performing analytical duties related to the collection and evaluation of information

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

On The Job Training

Basic Surveillance Course (BSC)

Upon being hired, all FBI investigative specialists and surveillance specialists attend a nine-week Basic Surveillance Course (BSC) in northern Virginia where they learn the following skills:

  • Surveillance and observation
  • Communication
  • Team collaboration
  • Navigation and tactical driving (investigative specialists only)
  • Collection and management of intelligence in a central data management system (surveillance specialists only)


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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