Using Innovation to Protect the Nation
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an exciting and expansive field. STEM professionals at the FBI have opportunities to work with advanced technologies to address unique investigative and intelligence challenges not found in the private sector. Their expertise applies to forensic science, computer technology, cyber security, electronic surveillance, biometrics, encryption and more.
STEM professionals work across the entire FBI, from our 56 field offices to our Headquarters locations, but primarily within the Laboratory Division, Operational Technology Division, Cyber Division, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division and the Information Technology Branch.
STEM professionals also have opportunities to experience a variety of careers within the FBI, such as becoming a Special Agent or Intelligence Analyst.
Qualifications & Skills
Preferred Degrees and Experience
Degree, certification or experience in any of the following disciplines:
- Actuary Services
- Applications Software Development
- Computer Network Analysis
- Computer Network Exploitation
- Computer Science
- Concealment Manufacturing
- Cyber Incident Response
- Data/Database Management
- Data Science
- Digital/Cyber Forensics
- Electronics Engineering
- Information Security
- Information Technology (IT)
- Intrusion Detection Techniques
- Malware Analysis
- Network Engineering
- Network Management and Security
- Operating Systems
- Physical Science
- Radio/Satellite Communications
- Software Engineering/Reverse Engineering
- Systems Analysis
- Tagging, Tracking and Locating
- Tool Development/Programming
- Video and Audio Surveillance and Analysis
For specific positions and additional qualification information, please see open positions for descriptions.
Featured STEM Careers
Featured STEM Careers
There are a wide range of STEM careers at the FBI, each with its own advantages and opportunities.
STEM professionals have the opportunity to take part in one of the FBI’s specialized programs or pursue individual career paths in a variety of fields.
Featured STEM careers include:
Forensic biologists work to analyze DNA from body-fluid stains and other biological tissues recovered from items of evidence, and comparing those to DNA collected from known individuals. Such analyses can associate victims and suspects with each other, with evidence items, or to a crime scene. The FBI conducts nuclear and mitochondrial DNA testing on evidence samples, as appropriate, for the type of evidence, as well as produces DNA profiles from buccal samples submitted by federal law enforcement agencies for comparison to DNA profiles from crime scene samples in the National DNA Index System.
Biologist candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a biological science, chemistry, or forensic science with a biology emphasis, or a combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to a major, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Computer Scientist (CS) Program
FBI Computer Scientists work on highly collaborative investigative teams to thwart cyber attacks that include counterintelligence plots, fraud, bank robberies and more. Candidates must work well in high-speed, dynamic and sophisticated environments with effective communication skills. Computer Scientists have the opportunity to work at FBI Headquarters or in one of the FBI’s 56 field offices.
Computer Scientist position is a professional position with basic requirements prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management. Interested candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Bachelor’s degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.
For more information or to see if you qualify as a Computer Scientist with the FBI, please send resume and transcripts to techworkforce [at] ic.fbi.gov.
Electronic Engineer — Forensic Examiner (EE-FE)
The Electronic Engineer — Forensic Examiner (EE-FE) provides comprehensive forensic examinations and technical analysis of electronic devices and related digital evidence, and provides technical guidance and assistance to others involved in investigations to preserve, repair, extract and analyze digital evidence. The EE-FE works with the FBI Embedded Engineering Program (EEP) at the Operational Technology Division — a world-class microelectronics facility that serves as the last stop for the examination of electronic devices — to ensure when electronic devices are encountered, the appropriate actions are taken to ensure the evidence is fully and accurately understood.
The EE-FE position is a professional engineering position; interested EE-FE candidates must qualify for the individual occupational requirements described by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
For more information or to see if you qualify as an Electronic Engineer with the FBI, please send resume and transcripts to techworkforce [at] ic.fbi.gov.
Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Operations Technician (EOT) Program
Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Operations Technicians (EOTs) are responsible for maintaining physical electronic surveillance evidence, managing the inventory and disposition of electronic surveillance evidence and reporting on activities. EOTs provide advice and assistance to case agents regarding statutory and compliance requirements for evidence control and the reporting associated with electronic surveillance operations.
Interested EOT candidates must have a high school diploma, basic computer and administrative skills, strong customer service and communication skills. This position could work in all 56 field offices.
Electronics Technician (ET) Program
FBI Electronics Technicians install and maintain the Department of Justice’s land mobile radio systems, data network systems and electronic security systems within all FBI field offices and facilities, as well as those of other DOJ agencies as necessary. Electronics Technician roles range from working with radio frequency systems to data networks and offering tactical support.
Electronics Technicians should possess basic electronics knowledge, either through experience or training, preferably with certification, knowledge or skills in the following: DC circuits, AC circuits, solid-state devices, digital circuits, integrated circuits, microprocessors, microcontrollers and programmable logic controllers.
For more information or to see if you qualify as an Electronics Technician with the FBI, please send resume and transcripts to techworkforce [at] ic.fbi.gov.
Information Technology Specialists (ITS)
IT Specialists provide comprehensive IT technical analysis, assistance and guidance to ensure FBI systems are running smoothly. Based primarily at the criminal justice Information Services Division and within the Information Technology Branch, IT Specialists are the critical backbone that ensures FBI law enforcement systems are up to date and available for use by FBI field offices, as well as domestic and international law enforcement partners.
Information Technology Specialists — Forensic Examiners (ITS-FE)
IT Specialists — Forensic Examiners (ITS-FEs) provide comprehensive forensic examinations and technical analysis of computer-related digital evidence and provide technical guidance and assistance to others involved in investigations to ensure precautions are taken to prevent data and equipment damage. These individuals typically work on a field office’s Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART).
Interested ITS-FE candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with at least 20 semester hours in one or more of the following disciplines: computer science, information systems analysis, science/technology, information management, mathematics, computer engineering or electrical/electronic engineering.
For more information or to see if you qualify as an Information Technology Specialists with the FBI, please send resume and transcripts to techworkforce [at] ic.fbi.gov.
Other STEM Careers:
Experienced Special Agents can also participate in the Technically Trained Agent (TTA) Program, performing technical work in operational environments. Click here to find out more about becoming a Special Agent.
Other FBI STEM positions include:
- Data Communications Systems Analyst
- Document Analyst
- Electronics Engineer
- Explosives/Incendiary Devices Analyst
- Forensic Scientist (DNA, hair, latent fingerprints, firearms, tool marks, questioned documents, etc.)
- Hazardous Materials Expert
- Information Technology Project Manager
- Information Technology Specialist
- Mechanical Engineer
- Photographic Technologist
- Physical Scientist
- Software Engineer
- Telecommunications Specialist
As with all careers in the FBI, applicants should make sure they meet our Basic Eligibility Requirements.
Duties & Experiences
What STEM Does
FBI STEM professionals tackle interesting and exciting challenges rarely provided by civilian careers. One day may require a terrorist to be identified though a partial fingerprint or a single strand of hair. Other tasks may require knowledge of advanced computer systems to monitor the communications of suspected criminals or spy organizations.
Other tasks qualified candidates may be responsible for include:
- Decrypting cyber-based threats of espionage or terrorism.
- Researching the latest biometric technologies.
- Exploiting residual data retrieved from a “destroyed” communications device.
Future Career Opportunities
Work Like No Other
A STEM career with the FBI will provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to develop skills by working closely with a cadre of elite STEM professionals within the nation’s premier law enforcement and intelligence organization.
The FBI’s mission-driven work is constantly changing and expanding to meet the challenges imposed by rapid advancements in technology, evolving terrorism and intelligence threats and increasingly sophisticated criminal actions. An FBI STEM career will help applicants stand out by exposing them to work unlike any other offered by a government agency or private-sector company.