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1) Earn a bachelor's degree (required). Specialized consideration is given to applicants with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice
2) Review the additional requirements below to make sure you qualify
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Learn About DEA Agent Careers

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) prosecutes the growing, manufacture and distribution of controlled substances in the United States. DEA special agents come from a variety of backgrounds and enforce controlled substances laws and regulations. DEA agents bring to justice the organizations that are involved in controlled substance growing, manufacturing and distribution. To accomplish this DEA agents work to dismantle drug trafficking rings, prosecute drug traffickers and destroy the financial infrastructure of the organizations involved in drug trafficking.

The DEA's responsibilities include the following:

  • Investigating violations of interstate and international drug laws
  • Investigating and preparing for the prosecution of criminals and drug gangs
  • Collecting, analyzing and distributing drug intelligence information
  • Seizing of assets derived from illegal drug trafficking
  • Many other drug-related tasks and responsibilities

DEA Agent Requirements

To be considered for a job as a DEA agent you must be a U.S. citizen in excellent physical condition, at least 21 years of age and no older than 36. A bachelor's degree is required and special consideration is given to those applicants who have degrees in Criminal Justice, Police Science or related fields. Degrees in finance, accounting, economics and foreign language also receive special consideration.

DEA Agent Education

The DEA Agent facility is located in Quantico, Virginia and is used by both the FBI and the DEA for instructing their agents. New agents attend courses for 16 weeks where they receive the following:

  • Basic Agent Training
  • Practical Applications
  • Tactical Training
  • Firearms
  • Legal Training
  • Intelligence Training
  • Ethics

DEA Agent Salary

Now that you know how to become a special agent, you'll want to know about the DEA agent salary you can earn. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for special officers is $56,980.

If you'd like to fight drugs and drug abuse, bring criminals to justice, and earn a good salary while you do it, learn more about how to become a DEA agent by contacting the Drug Enforcement Agency directly. Or if you want to get the education you need to truly succeed or earn the highest salary within the DEA, contact the schools below to ask about their criminal justice and law enforcement programs.

Request free, no-obligation information from the accredited degree programs below, and learn more about how these degrees may help you succeed in a career as a DEA agent.

Ontario Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Barrie, Kitchener, Hamilton, Sudbury, Scarborough, Nepean, Ottawa, Toronto, Mississauga, Windsor

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Law Enforcement Foundations

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

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma in Police Foundations

Iowa Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cedar Falls, IA

Degrees Offered:

  • Private Security Certificate

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Public Administration: Law Enforcement

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