How to Become a Customs Officer
A customs officer can be stationed anywhere within the continental U.S., especially in border areas.
Fluent Spanish writing, reading and speaking is required. Applicants who have a command of the Spanish language as either a native tongue or proven competency are highly encouraged by the Border Patrol to apply for these positions. If an applicant does not speak Spanish he will be trained to do so and his continued employment depends on his ability to learn it.
It should be noted that an accredited Bachelor’s Degree from a state university or an Associates Degree from a community college or technical school is desirable. Online educational opportunities can meet the need and give the applicant a jump-start on the hiring process. Some online accredited colleges allow students to earn their degree at home while others require a brief stay on campus.
How Much Does a Customs Officer Make - Customs Officer Salaries
Customs officers generally begin from $32,000 to $56,000 annually, depending on their classification upon being hired.