Learn How to Become a Customs Agent

1) Earn a 4-year college degree (required) The most common degree for customs agents to hold is a bachelor's degree in criminal justice
2) Review the additional requirements below to make sure you qualify
3) Contact the US Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection website for application instructions at: www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/

Customs Agent Job Description: What You'll Do

As a U.S. Customs Agent you'll be working for the Treasury Department.  Your duties as a Customs Agent may include enforcement of importing and exporting laws by examining luggage, shipments, ships, aircraft, people, cars and other vehicles for contraband.  You'll be investigating money laundering, customs fraud, narcotics smuggling, pornography and enforcing the Arms Export Control Act.  Customs Agents investigate, perform search and seizure, make arrests and in some cases may work undercover. Working in immigration and customs enforcement could expose you to life threatening situations but with the training provided you should be able to handle all situations you encounter.

Customs Agent Qualifications and Education

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, at least 21 years of age, physical and written testing, background and drug screening and a 4-year college degree.  A newly hired customs agent must attend a 14-week training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA.  Training covers fraud, smuggling, surveillance, investigations and more.

Customs Agent Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook classifies customs agents and Homeland Security careers under police and detectives and lists the median annual salary at $56,980. In most cases, at yearly intervals a customs agent can be promoted up through GS-13 level. To be hired on as a GS-5, a bachelor’s degree is required.  To qualify as a GS-7 based on education a new agent must have 1 full year of graduate level education. 

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California Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Reseda, Gardena, Santa Ana, La Puente

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Private & Homeland Security

Missouri Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Kansas City

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Private & Homeland Security

Florida Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Orlando

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Private & Homeland Security

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • BSCJ - Law Enforcement
  • MSCJ - Law

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement Administration (Online)

Ontario Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Kingston, Burlington, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Oshawa

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma in Police Foundations

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Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.
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