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Careers in Laboratories and Scientific Services

CBP technician examining thin slices of material to ensure quality

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) scientists, engineers, and project managers all play an important role in the commerce and border protection of the United States. Their active participation in the detection of Weapons of Mass Destruction contributes to national security efforts.

  • Chemists and Textile Analysts ensure that imported and exported merchandise has been properly identified. The information they provide can have an impact on duty rates, import quota restrictions, or whether merchandise can even be legally allowed into the country.
  • Health Physicists and Physical Scientists support CBP field personnel, advising them on radiation incidents.
  • Forensic scientists, such as Fingerprint Examiners, support crime scene investigations in the laboratory and remote areas.
  • General Engineers and Project Managers are responsible for acquiring and deploying the latest non-intrusive inspection systems available. They provide site surveys, site preparation and installations. Current major project areas are non-intrusive inspections, radiation detection technology, and high-technology enforcement equipment.
Last modified: 
March 13, 2017