Recruiting the Best and the Brightest
The acronym STEMâ€”science, technology, engineering, and mathematicsâ€”describes a range of academic disciplines that have become more important than ever to the FBIâ€™s mission of protecting the American public.
â€œThe countryâ€™s enemies, be they terrorists, computer hackers, spies, or financial fraudsters, are exploiting the newest technologies at every turn,â€ said Special Agent Avatar Lefevre. â€œIf the FBI doesnâ€™t recruit and train the best qualified people in the STEM fields, our adversaries will undoubtedly gain an advantage.â€
Lefevre heads a unit in the FBIâ€™s Human Resources Division created two years ago to specifically recruit individuals with cyber skills. But he pointed out that â€œemployees with STEM backgrounds are required across the entire gamut of FBI programs.â€ And that applies not just for special agents, but also analysts, engineers, and a variety of scientists and other professionals who help solve crimes through the analysis of DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence, and other cutting-edge methods.