Learn about the types of people who become special agents. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2023

87% of special agents work in full-time roles while 13% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a special agent. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming special agents at a ratio of 1.93 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2023

44% of special agents are female and 56% are male.


Gender Bias, 2023

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a special agent and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a special agent and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a special agent than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of special agents are White, making up 63% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Black or African American, making up 11% and 10% respectively.