The FBI was formed in 1908 and has been the main investigative branch of the U.S. Department of Justice ever since. Dealing with Prohibition laws in 1900s to modern terrorist threats, the FBI has grown and changed in a myriad of ways in the past 100 years.

The FBI protects the U.S. and U.S. interests from criminal actions and terrorism while also helping local, regional and state law enforcement organizations. The FBI supported 36,074 jobs in 2012 which included 15,649 women, 8,762 minorities, and 1,281 disabled persons. Of these 36,000+ jobs, 13,913 are FBI Special Agents, while 22,161 are support personnel, including analysts, linguists, and technology professionals.

The FBI Budget and Personnel Increased In 2012

Because crime and terrorism are becoming so complicated, including cybercrime and WMDs. As national security becomes an increasing priority, the FBI has seen a budget increase of $8.1 billion since 2012, including an extra $119.2 million allotted to counterterrorism and cyber war prevention.

The 2012 budget suggests there are great career opportunities within the FBI:

1. $81 million was allocated to construction
2. $131.5 went to new or growth initiatives

Because of this:

1. There were 181 new jobs in the field of counterterrorism, WMDs, cyber intrusions, violent crimes, and foreign counterintelligence.
2. There were 63 new FBI jobs plus $40.9 million to deal with national security. This also included the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, Terrorist Screening Center, and increased information analysis and sharing.
3. There were 42 new FIB jobs with $18.6 million devoted to growing the FBI’s investigatory skills and protect the FBI’s network from cyber attacks.
4. There were 23 new FBI jobs plus $20.5 million to strengthen the FBI’s Data Integration and Visualization System (DIVS).
5. There were 13 new FBI jobs and $40 million allocated to acquiring new aircraft to respond to deal with WMDs.

Careers and Employment with the FBI

Intelligence
Part of the National Security Branch and commanded by the Directorate of Intelligence, this ensures that the FBI has intelligence information across all FBI Field Offices. The Intelligence Division has the responsibility of changing and improving intelligence operations including the collecting, analysis and sharing of information.
The FBI’s Intelligence Division deals with criminal, cyber, terrorism, and intelligence threats, and includes the following jobs:

1. Linguist
2. Surveillance specialist
3. Behavioral Analyst
4. Intelligence Analyst
5. Profiler
6. Violent Crime Analyst

Counterintelligence
This was created to help the United States deal with foreign threats and espionage. The Counterintelligence Division cooperates with other United States law enforcement bodies to stop the hostile intelligence and espionage activities threatening national security.

The Counterintelligence Division is in charge of national security and ensuring counterproliferation and counterespionage is stopped, and that all U.S. critical assets are protected. They also work with the FBI Counterproliferation Center and the Economic Espionage Unit.

Cyber Crime
The FBI is the national leader in dealing with all cyber crimes. The Cyber Division is located at the FBI Headquarters, and cooperates with other organisations in the U.S. and around the world to gather and share information.

Cyber Squads include FBI Special Agents, Computer Forensic Examiners, Analysts, and Computer Scientists, and as well as their post at the FBI Headquarters , they’re also stationed at the FBI’s 56 Field Offices. They stop digital intrusions, intellectual property theft, child pornography and any other online fraud.

Cyber Action Teams are responsible for travelling over the globe to deal with digital intrusion cases and cybercrimes that pose a threat to national security and the U.S. economy. There are also 93 Computer Crimes Task Forces, who use state-of-the-art technology along with government resources

Criminal Investigative
The Criminal Investigative Division is the largest branch of the FBI, and employs more than 4,800 Field Special Agents, 300 Intelligence Analysts, and 520 Headquarters staff. Their goal is to address globalized threats.

Investigative Specialists (through the Violent Criminal Apprehension program) of the Criminal Investigative Division oversee, organize, and direct investigations in the areas of violent, organiszed, financial crimes, as well as civil rights, corruption, and drug offences.  At the moment, there are over 4,000 Investigative Specialists and Analysts working in the Violent Criminal Apprehension program.

Tactical Operations
Tactical Operations are an arm of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), and include the following professionals:

1. Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
2. Hostage Rescue Team
3. Assault Teams
4. Enhanced SWAT
5. Tactical Mobility Team
6. Tactical Helicopter Team
7. Special Agent Bomb Technician
8. Crisis Negotiation Unit
9. Observer/Sniper

The CIRG’s Tactical Operations includes national operations as well as local SWAT teams, and their job is protecting the American public. The Hostage Rescue Team and the Crisis Negotiation Units support SWAT teams, intelligence gathering, and aviation operations.

Counterterrorism
The Counterterrorism Division keeps the U.S. and its interests safe from terrorism. The Counterterrorism Division has the responsibility of finding and destroying potential terrorist while supporting other law enforcement networks in doing the same.

The FBI’s Counterterrorism Division includes the following jobs:
1. Operational Support Branch
2. Analytical Branch
3. Terrorism Fly Team
4. Operations Branches
5. Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
6. Genocide and War Crimes
7. National Counterterrorism Center
8. Joint Terrorism Task Forces
9. Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center