SBI Career Requirements

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payscaleApplications for SBI special agent positions are only accepted during a specified recruitment time period.

Applications do not remain on file from one recruitment time period to the next, so you will need to reapply. Our recruitment time is set as vacancies occur.

The SBI has high employment standards for its agents, who:

• Must be a responsible and law abiding citizen of the United States with high moral character and personal integrity.

• Must be at least 21 years of age.

• Minimum Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of law enforcement experience that included having the power to arrest; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Necessary Special Qualifications Applicant must graduate from the next available SBI Academy upon hire and meet any other applicable NC state statutory standards for law enforcement officers.

• Must have, or be eligible for, a valid North Carolina Driver's License.

• Successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation including contacts with references, employers, co-workers, close personal associates, etc., and review of driving record, credit history, criminal history, and service in the military.

• Successfully complete a pre-employment polygraph, psychological evaluation, medical examination, and urinalysis drug test.

• Successfully complete pre-screening fitness assessment.  The modified POPAT will be used for assessment. 

• Accept employment under two (2) year probationary status, which includes successful completion of the SBI Special Agent Academy.

• Accept permanent assignment anywhere within North Carolina.

• Accept temporary assignments anywhere or anytime.

• Accept job responsibility in any area of criminal investigations, homicide, burglary, arson, drugs, etc.

• Accept assignments requiring irregular hours; day or night, any day of a week or holidays.

• Accept assignments requiring undercover investigation.

• Accept assignments requiring overnight travel possibly over extended periods of time.

• Must be willing to carry and use a firearm.

• Must be willing to use deadly force, if warranted, to protect his or her life or the life of someone else. (Must be willing to take a person's life should circumstances dictate.)

Automatic Disqualifiers

• Irrespective of jurisdiction, if you ever committed or been convicted of a felony or any other crime that you could be sentenced to two years or greater.  

• Refusal to submit to a comprehensive background investigation, credit check, submission of fingerprints, pre-employment polygraph, psychological testing and urinalysis drug screening and a pre-employment physical fitness assessment.  

Application Process

If you are interested in a career with the SBI, you may review vacant positions. Submit your application online only during the recruitment period posted.

Online applications for SBI agent positions will be accepted only during the recruitment period. For agent vacancies, all required forms will be available online during the posting period.

The State Bureau of Investigation is an Equal Opportunity Employer