Job Search Tips for Border Patrol Agent Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for police officers, including border patrol agent jobs, are expected to remain favorable for persons who can meet the qualifications.

Applying to the Border Patrol

Positions for Border Patrol Agents are listed on the website of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, though the application process itself is managed through the website USAJOBS. To be considered for a position, you will need to register on USAJOBS by completing a resume and viewing and applying for the available jobs on the site.

You will also have to register for the Border Patrol Agent Online Application and schedule a time to take the test to qualify. If you pass the written test, you will be placed in an inventory, undergo a background investigation and complete an oral examination, as well as physical and medical tests. There are test preparation documents available on the Careers section of the U.S, Customs and Border Protection site.

Student and Summer Positions

There are student and summer positions available with the Border Patrol, provided that you are student when you register, and, depending on the position appointment, during your term of employment with the Border Patrol. These positions are available for high school, 2-year and 4-year post-secondary programs.  There are also volunteer positions available, as well as the Explorer program, the highest division of the Boy Scouts of America.

Veteran Opportunities

Customs and Border Protection also offers a Veterans Outreach Program. To qualify, the applicant must serve at least three years in the military and have completed three or more years of honourable service. According to the website, veterans make up over twenty percent of the “mission critical occupations” which includes Border Patrol Agents.

Additional Sources

Customs and Border Protection also attends various recruitment events, usually career fairs, at a variety of locations across the United States. Attending these career fairs in person will allow you to ask specific questions about the recruitment process, acquire additional recruiting material and perform additional research to determine if this is a suitable career path. The dates, times and locations of these events are advertised on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

Websites dedicated to policing and careers in policing, such as RealPolice, will also include job postings and information about test preparation and skills development for a career in policing. For example, the RealPolice website also includes a job posting service that provides listings of current opportunities with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

If you are a veteran of the armed forces, or planning your departure from the military and want to find a civilian career, the website America's Veterans (Feds Hire Vets) includes information about programs that hire veterans, as well as opportunities as a Border Patrol Agent. This website also includes information on transitioning from the military, email contacts for federal departments that hire veterans, in addition to information for family members who may also be looking for a career when their spouse leaves the military.

A vertical job search engine, such as Indeed, will also include listings for positions as a border patrol agent, including senior level positions for more experienced police officers or military personnel. This method will also allow you to narrow your search to positions within a specific geographic area if you would prefer to scan the available job postings in a specific region.