FBI aims to recruit young STEM applicants

The FBI is looking to hire top science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates to better help the agency fight cybercrime.

The agency’s Human Resources Division began the effort two years to specifically recruit individuals with cyber skills, but leaders have noted that it has been a tough mission because the private sector also is recruiting STEM employees and often pay more than the federal government.

“If the FBI doesn’t recruit and train the best qualified people in the STEM fields, our adversaries will undoubtedly gain an advantage,” Special Agent Avatar Lefevre, said in an FBI news release, adding, “The country’s enemies, be they terrorists, computer hackers, spies, or financial fraudsters, are exploiting the newest technologies at every turn.”

Lefevre said that in addition to routinely visiting colleges across the country to reach out to younger people interested in joining the FBI, the agency also has been working at the high school level for prospective job candidates.

He said the FBI wants “to let kids know at an earlier age that the FBI is here and we are doing a lot of cool things they might not know about. We want to put the FBI on their radar.”

Reaching out to a younger audience is important, he said, adding, “Because of the Bureau’s exacting security clearance process…young people have to be aware that their actions now will have a bearing on their ability to gain government employment later.”

Learn more about the FBI's STEM recruiting efforts and job opportunities here.

Reader comments

Tue, Nov 14, 2017 Sam G

The Private Sector is offering salaries that are 10 times higher than what the FBI is allowed to pay for top cyber security workers. The private sector also pays their people better benefits and better lower or no cost health care insurance. Tope securtiy people at bug banks, Home Depot Targets get salaries far in EXCESS of $1 million per year ___ while the FBI cannot pay more than $187,000 per year.

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