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Science and Medicine

STEM at the FBI

Science and Medicine Careers

Science and medicine careers at the FBI leverage cutting-edge technology and methodologies to provide a meaningful impact to national security and local communities.

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Our scientists and medical professionals use cutting-edge techniques and advanced technologies to support FBI personnel to advance the mission. Their medical assessments are crucial to maintaining a healthy workforce, and their scientific assessments, interpretations, and trial testimonies are pivotal to the FBI’s investigative success.

Examples of Science and Medicine Roles

  • Biologists analyze DNA from body-fluid stains and other biological tissues recovered from items of evidence.

  • Chemists provide analytical and comparison services in one or more specialized disciplines, such as toxicology, paints and polymers, explosives, fire debris, and chemical warfare agents.

  • Physical scientists extract and preserve evidence in multiple disciplines, like trace evidence, latent fingerprints, or firearms/toolmarks.

  • Occupational Health Nurses (PDF) assess and treat the routine and emergency health care needs of our workforce, facilitate Fitness-for-Duty examinations, and maintain quality control measures.

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Qualifications and Eligibility

Minimum Qualifications

For most science positions, you must have one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. accredited college or university in a biological science, chemistry, engineering, forensic science, physical science, life science, mathematics, or a related field.

  • A combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to a major mentioned above. Some positions require completion of 24-30 course hours equivalent to a major mentioned above, plus additional education or appropriate experience.

For nursing roles, you must have the following:

  • A passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

  • An active and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a state, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States

  • Two to five years of experience as an RN in the emergency room or intensive care, medical/surgical, or occupational health units, with specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level

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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