ATF Agent — Degree, Career & Average Salary

Agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – or ATF –  work under the umbrella of the U.S. Treasury Department. Applicants must be U.S.  Citizens, at least 21 years of age, pass physical and written testing,  background and drug screening and a four-year college degree. A job as an ATF agent involves investigating violations of laws governing the  possession and sale of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. ATF agents  take part in a wide variety of investigations that involve obtaining search  warrants, making raids, searching for physical evidence, conducting  surveillance, interviewing suspects and witnesses and making arrests. ATF agents  work in close contact with other local, state and federal law enforcement  agencies supplying ongoing assistance in the struggle against violence and  crime. ATF agents also assess all evidence at the close of an investigation and  organize specific case reports that assist the U.S. attorney in preparing for  trial.

Once hired as a new ATF Agent there will be a significant amount of law  enforcement training. Trainees spend nine weeks in Glynco, Georgia, where  training in surveillance, arrest techniques, firearms training and other skills  are provided. New agents then spend thirteen weeks at FLETC where they are  trained on explosives, bomb scene investigation and other areas.

New agents are hired on at either the GS-5 or GS-7 level. As a GS-5 a new  agent will earn between $28,349 and $36,856 a year and as a GS-7 an agent will  earn between $35,116 and $45,648. In most cases, at yearly intervals an ATF  agent can be promoted up through GS-13 level. To qualify as a GS-7 based on  education a new agent must have 1 full year of graduate-level education.

Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs

Liberty University
BS in Criminal Justice

Liberty University — Liberty University is an online university that prepares students for success in their careers following graduation. Liberty University offers two programs in the field, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice, and a B.S. In Multidisciplinary Studies - Criminal Justice.
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Purdue University
AS in Criminal Justice
BS in Criminal Justice
MS in Criminal Justice

Purdue University — Purdue University is one of the largest accredited online colleges, and it offers a wide range of degree programs in the field of criminal justice. These programs include associates, bachelors, and masters in criminal justice, with possible specialties (depending on degree level) in Computer Crime, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Law, and Global Issues.
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American InterContinental University
BSCJ in Generalist
BSCJ in Law Enforcement
BSCJ in Case Mgmt and Corrections

American InterContinental University — American InterContinental University online is one of the most popular online universities for students interested in a criminal justice career. Degree programs at AIU include an BS in Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement), and B.S. in Criminal Justice (Case Management and Corrections).
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Saint Leo University
AA in Criminal Justice
BA in Criminal Justice
BACJ in Criminalistics
MS in Criminal Justice
MSCJ in Forensic Science

Saint Leo University — For years, Saint Leo University has helped students across the county obtain Criminal Justice degrees through online programs. These programs cut many of the costs associated with campus programs and have the added benefit of being accessible from any computer. SLU has several degrees available including an Associates, Bachelors, and Masters in Criminal Justice as well as specialized programs for BACJ in Criminalistics and MSCJ in Forensic Science.
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