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Crimson

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This is primarily for those with experience in LE or the Federal Agencies such as the FBI. I've got an AA in CF, a handful of certifications including the CCE. The only drawback is that I have a severe hearing loss in both ears. I wear hearing aids in both ears to compensate, but it still does not reach "normal" hearing.
Based on your experience and knowledge of the various organizations, is this going to automatically exclude me from pursing opportunities in those organizations?
I understand that for LE and possibly the FBI that good hearing could be considerd a BFOQ, and thus a valid reason for exclusion. I'm mostly wondering if it's worthwhile to pursue opportunities, or if I should expend my efforts in other directions.
I would be primarily interested in the DC/Northern VA areas if it makes a difference.
 
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Crimson said:
I've got an AA in CF, a handful of certifications including the CCE. The only drawback is that I have a severe hearing loss in both ears. I wear hearing aids in both ears to compensate, but it still does not reach "normal" hearing.
Based on your experience and knowledge of the various organizations, is this going to automatically exclude me from pursing opportunities in those organizations?

I would be primarily interested in the DC/Northern VA areas if it makes a difference.
Crimson, I'm a Computer Forensic Examiner (CFE) for the FBI. I don't think the hearing loss you've described would shut you out of this position. Support employees don't enter crime scenes until they've been cleared by a sworn (gun packing) Agent or local police. As a CFE they're more interested in whether you can lift weight such as computers.

What you will need is a Bachelor degree with at least 20 credit hours of related training which will be nicely supplied by your AA and certifications. What you might do is see about hiring in as Desktop support or similar position and working on getting that higher degree at night (you're already half way there!).

There are educational benefits available to employees if its education related to your job. There are more opportunities in the area you're interested in than here in S. California!

Go to www .fbi.gov/hq/lab/org/cart.htm to learn more about CF with the FBI.

To see current job openings and requirements go to www .fbijobs.gov.

Also search this forum for other posts by me on employment with the FBI.

Best of Luck in whatever you decide to do.
 

Crimson

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Thank you for your response. It's definately something to look into. I didn't realize till a day or so after I posted this that I had written a potential hot potato that most folks would avoid if possible. My apologies. I'm just trying to get ideas to pursue since I'm aware that I'm starting out lower than many of my peers. Again, thank you.
 

TMCompFor

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Gov. Positions

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There are various forensic tech positions that assist federal law enforcement. These positions may not have as stringent hearing requirements as the positions of their LE counterparts do. I would suggest browsing www .usajobs.gov and perform a search using "computer forensics" as the keyword. You can also search under the series number 2210, which is an IT specialist classification. Good luck.</t>
 

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