In the Air Force:
Human Intelligence Specialist; Human Intelligence Specialist Apprentice; Human Intelligence Specialist Helper; Security Forces; Security Forces Apprentice; Security Forces Apprentice, Military Working Dog Handler; Security Forces Helper; Security Forces Helper, Combat Arms; Security Forces Journeyman; Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler; Security Forces Superintendent
In the Army:
Combat Engineer; Combat Medic Specialist; Human Intelligence Collector; Intelligence Analyst; Military Police; Special Forces Medical Sergeant; Unit Supply Specialist
Whether working with a dog to sniff out contraband brought back from an overseas vacation… or checking out the cargo hold of an ocean-going freighter, immigration and customs inspectors help to protect the public from criminal activity— and dangerous germs and pests. Whenever the country’s borders are crossed, immigration and customs inspectors enforce laws about the people and goods that are allowed in… or out of… the United States. These inspectors work for the U.S. Customs Service, a division of the federal government. Their job is to inspect cargo on boats, trains, and planes, that enter or leave the country, and to investigate the baggage and personal items carried by people traveling over national borders. They also review travelers’ passports and immigration applications to determine eligibility for entering, or residing in the United States. Customs inspectors carry the authority of law. In their efforts to enforce regulations, they search for illegal substances such as drugs, and can seize prohibited or smuggled articles, and apprehend, search, and arrest people who violate U.S. laws. To become a customs inspector, you must be a U.S. citizen, pass a drug screening test, and pass a civil service examination. Most people in the field have an associate’s degree, or vocational school training. Knowledge of a foreign language may improve your chances of being hired.
What 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.
On the job, you would:
Examine immigration applications, visas, and passports and interview persons to determine eligibility for admission, residence, and travel in the U.S.
Detain persons found to be in violation of customs or immigration laws and arrange for legal action, such as deportation.
Inspect cargo, baggage, and personal articles entering or leaving U.S. for compliance with revenue laws and U.S. customs regulations.
Safety and Government
law and government
public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
Math and Science
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
understanding people's reactions
changing what is done based on other people's actions
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
notice when problems happen
pay attention to something without being distracted
do two or more things at the same time
see hidden patterns
People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Automated Manifest System AMS
Law enforcement information databases
Office suite software
Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
high school diploma/GED or bachelor's degree usually needed