West Virginia does not have a designated FBI field office, however the Pittsburgh Division has satellite offices servicing the state. West Virginia employs Special Agents, Linguists, Information Technology Specialists, Computer Forensic Specialists, Intelligence Analysts and others.
In Clarksburg, West Virginia the FBI also has a Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIS) Division that was put together in 1992. It is the the biggest division in the FBI, and the central repository for the FBI’s criminal justice information services.
FBI Jobs in West Virginia
Resident Agencies in West Virginia can be found in:
1. Wheeling: This office covers the Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, Ohio, Marshall, Hancock and Brooke counties .
2. Parkersburg: This office covers the Wood, Wirt, Jackson and Roane Counties counties.
3. Charleston: This office covers the Putnam, Nicholas, Kanawha, Fayette, Clay and Boone counties.
4. Martinsburg: This office covers the Morgan, Mineral, Jefferson, Hardy, Hampshire, Grant and Berkley counties.
5. Huntington: This office covers the Wayne, Mingo, Mason, Logan, Lincoln and Cabell counties.
6. Clarksburg: This office covers the Webster, Upshur, Tucker, Taylor, Ritchie, Randolph, Preston, Pocahontas, Pendleton, Monongalia, Marion, Lewis, Harrison, Gilmer, Doddridge, Calhoun, Braxton and Barbour counties. This office also houses the CJIS, which encompasses the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, Biometric Center of Excellence, Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR), and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
7. Beckley: This office covers the Wyoming, Summers, Raleigh, Monroe, Mercer, McDowell, and Greenbrier counties.
Becoming an FBI Special Agent in West Virginia
Candidates wishing to become an FBI agent in West Virginia 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 from an approved school.
4. Have at least three years of relevant work experience.
Exceptions to these requirements are:
1. Having a masters or doctoral degree, which means candidates only need two years of work experience.
2. Having a J.D., which completely waives the work experience requirement.
3. Experience in computer science or information technology waives the work experience requirement.
4. Fluency in a foreign language waives the work experience requirement.
5. Being an FBI Honors or Volunteer Intern with a 3.0 GPA waives the work experience requirement.
Candidates can apply online, and must be willing to be stationed anywhere should they be chosen. Starting wage for FBI agents in West Virginia is $43,441 plus an increase of 2.10% for the the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)’s general schedule, and a 17.5% increase for locality.