CAREER

Customs and Border Protection Officers

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$65,540

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+5.7% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Customs and Border Protection Officers 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.

Other Job Titles Customs and Border Protection Officers May Have

Canine Enforcement Officer (K-9 Enforcement Officer), Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO), Customs Inspector, Customs Officer, Import Specialist, Inspector, Special Agent, US Customs and Border Protection Officer (US CBPO)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Border Patrol Agent ,

Department of Homeland Security

Assist other agents locate concealed illegal aliens in the brush.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Locate and seize contraband, undeclared merchandise, and vehicles, aircraft, or boats that contain such merchandise.
  • Interpret and explain laws and regulations to travelers, prospective immigrants, shippers, and manufacturers.

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