The U.S. Department of Treasury relies on enforcement agents to investigate crimes that involve financial systems, tax laws, credit card fraud, identity theft and related cases. Professionals in these positions conduct investigations, collect evidence and analyze complex financial records. In some cases, enforcement agents may be required to present evidence in court. Similar job titles include criminal investigator and IRS special agent. Some positions require successful completion of the Treasury Enforcement Agent Examination.
- Job Stats
- Education and Experience Requirements
- Additional Qualifications Recommended
- Conduct investigations that include data analysis, interviews and other intelligence gathering techniques
- Apply laws and regulations to individual cases and make recommendations
- Prepare detailed written reports
- Present evidence in court
- Employment numbers: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2013 there were 109,960 detectives and criminal investigators working primarily in local and federal government agencies.
- Salary: Salary is determined by the Government Pay Tables. The level of salary at hiring can vary based on an individual’s education and previous experience, as well as the type and location of the position. The BLS reports a median salary of $65,420 for detectives and investigators at local government offices, and $103,180 at federal offices.
- Projected growth: Due primarily to current budget constraints at all levels of government, hiring for tax examiners, collectors and revenue agents is expected to decline by 4% from 2012 to 2022.
Education and Experience Requirements
- A bachelor’s or master’s degree in any field of study is required. IRS special agents should have completed at least 15 credit hours in accounting and nine additional hours in a related subject such as economics, business law or finance.
- Three years of relevant experience is the typical requirement for entering an enforcement agent position at the GS-5 level.
Additional Qualifications Recommended
- CPA: Earning a Certified Public Accountant license includes an exam and the documentation of education and prior experience. This credential helps applicants demonstrate required experience for entering enforcement agent positions.