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Contract specialists are the only FBI employees allowed to contractually obligate federal funds to purchase goods and services. You will procure supplies and services in a responsible and efficient manner while meeting required compliance measures and maintaining customer support. You are responsible for the planning, award and administration of contracts including for supplies, services, construction and research and development.

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Our intelligence analysts are critical to proactively lowering risks while working closely with special agents and partners throughout the Intelligence Community. You will engage in work ranging from counterterrorism to organized crime and analyze information allowing us to understand, mitigate and neutralize threats.

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Our engineers drive innovation and make the link between what is needed and what is possible.

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  • Electronics engineers and forensic engineers reconstruct the electronics and provide insight into the bomb-making activities of terrorists around the globe.
  • Electronics technicians design and maintain complex electronic systems and interrelated subsystems.
  • Civil, mechanical, electrical or energy engineers design infrastructure and optimize energy efficiency for the FBI.

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Math-and-data-based roles within the FBI are the key to predictive and investigative analyses that enable mission success.

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  • Cryptologic mathematicians work closely with investigative teams to access and extract actionable leads from encrypted digital evidence. You will determine approaches to problems that are designed to be intractable.
  • Data scientists develop hypotheses and produce actionable insights using advanced statistical and mathematical techniques.
  • 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.

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Our scientists and medical professionals use innovative 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.

  • 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 and toolmarks.
  • Occupational health nurses 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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Special agents bring their skills, compassion, and integrity to stay ahead of threats, uphold the law, defend civil rights, and protect innocent people. You will seek out cybercrime, infiltrate organized crime rings and investigate terrorists. A day for an FBI special agent might mean surveilling someone in the morning, tracking terrorists' online social activity before lunch, testifying in court in the afternoon and addressing a public forum on identity theft in the evening.

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As technology becomes increasingly integrated into our lives, it is critical that the FBI stays at the forefront of technological expertise to remain ahead of the threat.

What kind of jobs are available?

  • Data analysts conduct data modeling using statistical and mathematical principles to advance investigative work.
  • Computer scientists combat cyberattacks, counterintelligence plots and more by addressing problems with system integration and architectural design.
  • Information technology specialists support FBI operations and ensure that FBI personnel have the tools necessary to perform their jobs.
  • Digital forensic examiners serve as subject matter experts in support of investigations.
  • Digital forensic specialists collect, preserve and copy digital evidence for investigations.
  • Digital operations specialists are technical experts on investigative teams who specialize in criminals' use of technology.

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