How do I become an FBI agent / Detective?
I am in my first year of college, with a major of criminal justice. I want to go into Detective work, maybe a homicide detective or even work in the FBI. But I don’t know how to get there. I’m thinking about joining the Army or Air Force reserve here in the next year or so as well. I just don’t know what steps I should take to go into the FBI with a good enough resume to have a big eye on me instead of other candidates. criminal-justice
It sounds like you are starting out on a good path. It does sound like your goal needs a bit of refining. You have several organizations listed here with a variety of options in each of them. I would ask you to think about - what do you want to do? What areas interest you the most? Think about what you already have an affinity for. A detective is often local, while an FBI agent is national and a career that requires the ability to move around. Which would you prefer? In addition, what skills and talents are you bringing to these professions? I assume problem solving as both of those groups would need that. But what else? Are you a people person? Are you good at conflict management? Why homicide? How about tech crimes, robberies, missing persons? What about after the arrest? You could be a lawyer.
You need to consider what you want to do and then the path to how should become a little clearer. This process may take time. Your degree program will help with that as there is usually a good variety of perspectives covered in a major program. I would recommend taking classes that don't immediately appeal to you or you know nothing about. Challenge yourself to learn something different. That can help you clarify what you want to do and what you don't.
All of these careers are a path to service of your community and country. I admire that very much. Best of luck in finding your career.