The Atlanta Division deals with hiring and training new agents, as well as all FBI activity in Georgia. Being the largest state east of the Mississippi, with more than 9 million people, the Atlanta Division is quite large. It covers 159 counties, spanning over 57,000 miles.

The Atlanta Division can be found at Century Parkway Northeast, with 13 satellite offices located at:
1. Albany
2. Athens
3. Augusta
4. Brunswick
5. Columbus
6. Dalton
7. Dublin
8. Gainesville
9. Macon
10. Rome
11. Savannah
12. Statesboro
13. Thomasville
14. Valdosta

FBI Agent jobs in Georgia include:

1. Special Agents.
2. Support professionals.
3. Intelligence and financial analysts.
4. Linguists.
5. Paralegals.
6. Investigative experts.
7. Electronics technicians.
8. Security specialists.

Career Paths for FBI Agents in Georgia

FBI employees in Georgia do a wide range of FBI work including investigating crimes and processing intelligence, both in national and regional operations. They gather evidence, analyse circumstances, speak to informants, apprehend criminals, and provide ongoing surveillance. Their jobs include:

1. Evidence Recovery and Processing: Their job is to investigate crime scenes and analyse from the scene. This includes physical evidence and also things like evaluating and identifying tire tracks, blood splatter patterns and bullet trajectory. They also cooperate with local law enforcement to solve crimes.
2. Georgia’s Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART): These experts are required to obtain and analyse evidence from digital sources.
3. Tactical Support and Crisis Response: There are nine Atlanta Specialized Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams. They are tasked with getting through barricades, dealing with hostage situations, catching dangerous and armed offenders, surveilling areas, providing security, and helping local law enforcement when needed.
4. Bomb Recovery and Analysis: There is one bomb technician and three Special Agent bomb technicians in Atlanta. They cooperate with the Join Terrorism Task Forces to deal with dangerous explosives situations.
5. Hazardous Materials: The HAZMAT team deals with dangerous materials including chemical, radiological and biological waste. They also collaborate with local law enforcement and the FBI’s WMD experts.
6. Translation: These linguists are responsible for employing their language skills in the defence of national security. They interview and interrogate witnesses and suspects and cooperated with local law enforcement officials.

The Georgia office also collaborates with other organisational bodies including:

1. Atlanta Field Intelligence Group
2. Atlanta Joint Terrorism Task Force
3. Atlanta Metropolitan Major Offender Task Force
4. Innocent Images Initiative (part of cyber crimes)
5. Safe Streets Task Forces
6. David Wilhem OCDETF Strike Force (dealing with drug crimes)
7. Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation (MATCH) Task Force

Becoming a FBI Special Agent in Georgia

There are very stringent entry requirements for entry to the FBI. They must:

1. Be a citizen of the U.S. or U.S. territory.
2. Be between the ages of 23 and 37 (although veterans may still be eligible).
3. Have at least a four year bachelor’s degree.
4. Have at least three years of relevant work experience.
5. Have a valid U.S. drivers licence.
6. Be willing to travel anywhere on assignment.

Candidates for GBI jobs in Georgia must also enrol in a Special Agent Entry program. There are five of these, and they are:

1. Accounting.
2. Computer Science/Information Technology.
3. Linguistics.
4. Law.
5. Diversified.

The FBI also hires staff who have “Critical Skills”, or experience in a range of professions including intelligence, engineering, law, military and investigation. In order to meet criteria, candidates must pass an FBI background check as well as physical tests. Jobs include:

1. Information Technology.
2. Translation services.
3. Intelligence Analysis.
4. Business Management
5. Investigative Support and Surveillance
6. Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology
7. FBI Police