Immigration and Customs Inspectors

What do they do?

Investigate and inspect persons, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.

Also known as:

Agriculture Specialist, Border Patrol Agent, Border Patrol Officer, Canine Enforcement Officer (K-9 Enforcement Officer), Chief, Port Director, Customs and Border Protection Inspector (CBPI), Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO), Customs and Border Protection Supervisor, Customs and Immigration Officer, Customs Inspector, Customs Officer, Customs Port Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent (ICE Special Agent), Immigration Inspector, Import Specialist, Inspector, Law Enforcement-Customs and Border Protection Officer, Senior Customs and Border Protection Officer, Senior Inspector, Senior Officer, Senior Patrol Agent, Special Agent, Supervisor/Port Director, Supervisory CBP Officer, Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer, Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer, Port Director, US Customs and Border Protection Officer (US CBPO), US Customs and Border Protection Officer CBPO

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Detectives and Criminal Investigators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Detectives and Criminal Investigators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 7.2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #12 in job growth rate
  • 260

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #6 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Immigration and Customs Inspectors:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (2.5%)
  • Master's degree (12.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (38.9%)
  • Associate's degree (12%)
  • Some college, no degree (25.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (7.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.7%)

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Colleges that Prepare

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Interview people to obtain information about actions or status of individuals.
  • Examine personal documentation to ensure that it is valid.
  • Detain suspects or witnesses.
  • Inspect cargo to identify potential hazards.
  • Locate suspicious objects or vehicles.
  • Confiscate prohibited or dangerous items.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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