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EPA Special Agents

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) does not provide employment projections specifically for EPA special agents. However, the DOL does project that employment of police and detectives will grow 4 percent through 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite this prediction, environmental laws and regulations will continue to be passed, amended, and maintained. Unfortunately, there will always be people out there looking for ways to save money and hassle by evading the laws. EPA special agents will continue to be needed to help prevent and enforce environmental laws and regulations. Competition for jobs will be keen, however, as this is a niche field (the EPA employs only a few hundred special agents) and there are typically many more applicants than there are jobs to fill—although some jobs will become available as agents retire or advance to other positions within the EPA.

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