US Customs and Border Protection is the largest law enforcement agency in the Department of Homeland Security. As a US customs agent, it is your job to ensure the security of the nation's boarders while still allowing the trade and travel that is vital to our nation's economy and way of life.
A job in US customs means apprehending people who are trying to enter the United States illegally and preventing controlled substances and other types of contraband from entering the nation as well. It also means protecting our economic and agricultural interests from diseases and harmful pests. US customs also protects United States business owners from threats to their intellectual property, and regulates international trade. In this career you may also collect import duties and enforce United States Trade Law.
Some of the many positions available with US Customs and Border Protection are:
There are also many support positions that are necessary to the functioning of the front line occupations. These include both operational and mission support positions.
- Import Specialist - Providing the second largest source of revenue to the United States Government.
- Air and Marine Interdiction Agent - Use high tech equipment and specialized training to keep narcotics, people, and weapons from entering our borders through the air and water.
- CBP Agricultural Specialist - Stop the spread of plant and animal diseases and harmful pests that would otherwise hurt the nation's food supply.
- Border Patrol Agent - Protect our borders with Mexico and Canada.
A background in law enforcement is an advantage when you want to begin career with US Customs and Border Protection. A bachelor degree in law enforcement or criminal justice is required if you do not have any experience in law enforcement. The combination of experience and education is even more desirable. It is also advantageous to speak Spanish or have the ability to learn to speak Spanish.
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