Special Agent Paramedics, Occupational Health Nurses, Employee Assistance Counselors and Mental Health Assessment Specialists possess unique knowledge, skills and experiences that are highly valued by the FBI. Our professionals use their medical training and experience to work in settings throughout FBI operations—both in the office as well as in the field - to protect the American people.

Please review the sections below to learn more about the specific Medical and Counseling careers in the FBI. For detailed qualification and position information, please view our open job postings, keeping in mind the positions below may not always be available.

Special Agent/Paramedics

Medicine on the Front Lines

Although the FBI recruits trained paramedics with a minimum of three to five years of experience, candidates for this role must be hired as Special Agents. Once their Special Agent probation has been completed, candidates will assume the title of Special Agent/Paramedic.

Special Agent/Paramedics may be involved in SWAT operations in field offices, hazardous evidence collection, underwater and aviation support and investigation of chemical, biological and radiological incidents.

Click here to learn more about becoming a Special Agent.

Occupational Health Nurses

Keeping the FBI Healthy

Occupational Health Nurses have robust job responsibilities within the Bureau. Candidates serve as technical leaders in their offices. Their responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, assessing and treating routine and emergency health care needs of the workforce, maintaining quality control measures and facilitating fitness-for-duty examinations in coordination with the Health Care Programs Unit (HCPU) at headquarters. Occupational Nurses are also responsible for ensuring the medical readiness of the workforce through the administration of medical mandates, travel medicines and vaccination programs.

Employee Assistance Counselors

Safeguarding the Mental Health of Those Who Keep the Nation Safe

The Employee Assistance Counselor (EAC) is tasked with providing mental and occupational health assistance, including paths for rehabilitation, for the FBI workforce through the Employee Assistance Program. The EAC interviews internal clients for the formulation of treatment and action plans to combat a wide range of issues, including feelings of distress; impaired work performance; and health, finance, substance abuse and/or social well-being issues.

Incumbents for this position work in collaboration with an experienced EAC to provide referral services for other treatment specialists such as psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage counselors, social workers and career counselors.

The candidate may also arrange for the client to participate in support groups such as Gamblers Anonymous and Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous, as well as visit facilities for detoxification, hospitalization or residential treatment within the employee’s financial means and health care coverage.

EAC candidates develop and conduct training, workshops and briefings to educate management, supervisors and employees on a full range of employee assistance topics. These can include anger management, conflict resolution, coping skills, interpersonal communication skills, relationships, parenting, finances, etc.