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Customs Careers

Career Description

Customs Careers

The Department of Homeland Security offers many customs careers. The biggest law enforcement agency which falls under the purview of the Department of Homeland Security is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP employs over 58,000 individuals whose primary task is to protect national interest in the country and overseas. The mission of CBP is to stop terrorists, illegal weapons, drugs and other contraband items from making it through to the United States. Thus, their job is to ensure that the nation’s border and ports are secure. CBP also protects American entrepreneurs from intellectual property theft, facilitates international trade and enforces U.S. trade laws.

Customs Careers

Prospective job applicants can work in one of two categories: Frontline Law Enforcement and Mission and Operation Support although a majority of people choose the former. Front line jobs include those such as of:

  • Border Patrol Agents – these professionals are required to protect the nineteen hundred miles of the border with Mexico and 5000 miles of border with Canada; currently there are more than 20,000 border patrol agents;
  • CBP Officers -  CBP Officers are employed at more than three hundred ports of entry and their job entails screening passengers;
  • Air and Marine Interdiction Agents – these agents use the latest equipment and training to stop people, narcotics, and weapons from illegally entering the country by air or water - there are approximately 1000 Air and Marine Interdiction agents at the moment;
  • CBP Agriculture Specialists – these specialists work at preventing the spread of dangerous animal and plant diseases that can affect the American food as well as averting agro and bio terrorism; and
  • CBP Revenue Officers - these professionals are in charge of collecting more than thirty billion dollars in duties and taxes by enforcing trade and tariff laws - which are the second largest source of revenue for the Government.
  • Operational Support Employees - these are responsible for the smooth functioning of front line employees. Even though these people mostly work behind the scenes, their effort is critical to the functioning of the organization.

CBP jobs are very lucrative and they provide you with the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to the betterment of the nation.


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