Customs Agent Careers

Careers for customs agentsCareer Overview

Customs agents are responsible to enforce the laws that control the import and export of goods coming in and out of the United States. Customs agents most often inspect baggage, cargo, and things worn or carried in and out of the country on planes, buses, ships, and other forms of transportation. They are critical in checking for contraband goods like illegal drugs, weapons, and stolen goods that may be leaving or coming into the United States. Customs agents are often involved with investigative work involving drug smuggling, money laundering, smuggling of arms, pornography, and kidnapping. Work along the border can be very dangerous. Custom agents usually work shifts around the clock. They work at border crossings, airports, and in ports.

Education Requirements

High School Diploma, Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

Customs agents must have a high school diploma or an equivalent, be 21 years of age, and be a U.S. citizen. They must also pass a physical and written test. Applicants with Bachelor’s or Master’s degree get hired more easily and at a higher rate of pay. Applicants who speak foreign languages, especially Spanish, take law courses, or have business training are preferred. New hires now attend 14 weeks of training in Glynco, Georgia, at a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Top School’s for Customs Agents:

US Mass Online
Everest University Online
Keiser University
Virginia College
Kaplan University

Career Trends

Average Salary for customs agents in 2008: $62,110
Jobs in 2008 for customs agents: 112,000
Projected job openings for customs agents through 2018: 41,600

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