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While you may think of secret service agents operating only within the White House, they have more than one hundred and fifty field offices located across the country. If you’re considering work with the US Secret Service, search the official website for field office locations and career fair information – making an in-person appearance is a great first step toward employment.

A secret service agent’s duties include investigation and protection. A background in force protection, including military service, is useful. A four-year degree is not required, but review the qualifications and education requirements for positions you’re considering.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and must be able to obtain a top secret security clearance. If you already have a TS clearance issued through another agency, highlight that in your application. It won’t eliminate the secret service’s individual investigation process, but may expedite it.

The secret service is a lot more than special agents with dark glasses and ear pieces. If you’re looking for competitive government employment in careers ranging from IT and technical positions to clerical and administrative support, take a close look at the protective mission of the U.S. secret service.

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