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Federal Air Marshal Service Careers

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Make your career take off with the TSA Office of Law Enforcement - Federal Air Marshal Service!

Become a part of an exceptional organization of law enforcement professionals who are largely unseen and unheard in their tireless efforts to secure the homeland. The Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) employs qualified and motivated individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience in a variety of positions.

Types of Positions

Federal Air Marshal

As a Federal Air Marshal, you will detect, deter, and defeat hostile acts against U.S. air carriers, passengers, and crews. You will be an armed Federal law enforcement officer, deployed on passenger flights worldwide to protect airline passengers and crew against the risk of criminal and terrorist violence. You will perform investigative work and participate in multi-agency task forces and in land-based investigative assignments to proactively fight terrorism. As a Federal Air Marshal, you will promote public confidence in the safety of the nation's aviation system as a "quiet professional" in the skies.

Note: Special retirement benefits apply for those law enforcement officers satisfying age and service requirements.

Intelligence, Information Technology, and Instructor

Do you have experience in the field of intelligence? In the information technology realm? Are your skills in civilian instruction for law enforcement?

FAMS intelligence positions involve the collection, analysis, evaluation and dissemination of foreign and domestic intelligence and threat warning information.

FAMS information technology efforts focus on the development, deployment, and maintenance of leading edge technology affecting other Federal law enforcement agencies and the aviation domain at large.

Civilian instructors in the FAMS provide specialized law enforcement training to Federal Air Marshals through presentations and hands-on demonstrations. The FAMS has opportunities for individuals with superior analytical and technical skills who would like to be part of a premier law enforcement training program.

Mission Support Positions

The FAM Service needs your professional, technical, or administrative talents to support the mission of protecting the skies.

FAMS professional and technical positions relate to a variety of areas, such as intelligence research, mission operations, medical records, and human resources. Other positions include attorneys, management analysts, and medical professionals.

Our administrative officer, security assistant, and secretary positions provide the full range of planning, development, and monitoring of administrative functions and office management, both at the professional level and at entry level support capacities.

How to Apply

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career in a Federal law enforcement agency, we want you to apply! Please check out for current vacancy announcements. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 1-877-872-7990 or contact us by e-mail at

The hiring process for the Federal Air Marshal position requires successful completion of a written application, panel interview, psychological assessment, medial examination, physical training assessment, and complete background investigation before a final hiring decision is made.

Federal Employee Benefits

We are Federal employees entitled to all Federal benefits. Here are a few benefits you will enjoy.

Learn more about our benefits here.

The FAMS is covered by the Excepted Service and compensates employees through the Core Compensation system, modeled after that of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The pay for performance framework of this system includes components such as pay banding, and organizational success and superior contributor increases.  For more information about this system please visit the FAA website at