Customs and Border Protection

Careers in U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the largest law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security, charged with all border-related security, regulatory and administrative missions. There are currently more than 60,000 employees serving both nationwide and overseas.

Types of Careers with CBP

Frontline Law Enforcement and Mission Critical Occupations
Most of CBP’s workforce serves on the frontline.

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  • Over 20,000 Border Patrol Agents protect 1,900 miles of our border with Mexico and 5,000 miles of our border with Canada.
  • More than 20,000 CBP Officers ensure the Nation’s safety by screening passengers and cargo at over 300 ports of entry.
  • Nearly 1,000 Air and Marine Interdiction Agents use their specialized training and high-tech equipment to prevent people, weapons, narcotics, and conveyances from illegal entry by air and water.
  • Over 2,200 CBP Agriculture Specialists work to curtail the spread of harmful pests and plant and animal diseases that may harm America’s farms and food supply, and to avert bio- and agro-terrorism.
  • Nearly 2,500 employees in CBP revenue positions collect over $30 billion annually in entry duties and taxes through the enforcement of trade and tariff laws. These collections provide the second largest revenue for the U.S. Government. In addition, they fulfill the agency’s trade mission by appraising and classifying imported merchandise. These employees serve in positions such as Import Specialist, auditor, international trade specialist, and textile analyst.
  • Whether in our frontline occupations or in an administrative-professional-technical role, women are vital to CBP’s mission. Learn how you can join a challenging, rewarding team in one of CBP’s diverse careers.

CBP has 8,000 employees working in support of our front line occupations. Below are only a few of the positions contributing behind the scenes.


Operational Support:

  • Intelligence Research Specialists
  • Sector Enforcement Specialists
  • Paralegals
  • CBP Technicians

Mission Support:

  • IT Specialists
  • Management Analysts
  • Contract Specialists
  • Human Resource Specialists
  • Mission Support Specialists
  • Budget Analysts
  • Purchasing Agents
  • Security specialists.

You can see all current CBP vacancies by searching the USAJobs Web site.

*All selected applicants must be U.S. citizens and must successfully complete a background check.

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Scenes of CBP agents carrying out their duties interacting with the public at check points, verifying identification and apprehending suspects.