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Entry-Level Associate FCA Examiner Positions

Think you’d like to become an associate examiner at FCA? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll tell you about the work examiners do and the training they receive. We’ll also tell you what qualifications you must meet to apply for a position, how to apply, and the salary and benefits you would receive as an FCA employee.

What Examiners Do
Our examiners examine the financial institutions we regulate to make sure they remain safe and sound and comply with the laws and regulations that apply to them. As part of their jobs, examiners must perform lots of tasks:

Our examiners are based in our five field offices. (See the map to the right for locations.) Since the institutions we regulate are located across the country, our examiners spend about 60 percent of their early careers traveling—but rarely over weekends.

To learn what it’s like to work as an FCA examiner, meet some of our examiners yourself!

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New associate examiners join the Agency in June. They begin their careers in the Staff Development Division of our Office of Examination, where they begin the FCA Examiner Commissioning Program.

This program combines formal classroom training with on-the-job training assignments. It includes periodic testing and a final test at the end of the program. Upon successful completion of the final test, an associate examiner becomes a commissioned FCA examiner—usually within four to five years of joining the agency.

Some examiners specialize in areas such as bank information technology, capital markets, compliance, and credit. And through continuing education and career development, our examiners expand their knowledge and skills throughout their careers.

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Required Qualifications
To be considered for a position as an associate FCA examiner under the Federal Pathways Recent Graduates Program, you must meet both of the following criteria:

  1. You must have graduated within two years of the date on which you apply for the position.

Note: If, within two years of your graduation date, you were placed on active military duty, your two-year eligibility for this program would be extended for the term of your active service—but not to exceed six years from your graduation date.

  1. By mid June 2019, you must either…

    • have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.95 or higher in one of the qualifying fields (see table below),


    • have both an undergraduate degree AND a graduate degree in one of the qualifying fields.
Qualifying Fields
Accounting Marketing
Banking Agricultural business
Business administration Agricultural economics
Commercial or banking law Agricultural finance
Economics Animal science
Finance Dairy science
Note: FCA may also consider other areas of major study directly related to the position.

In addition to meeting these two qualifications, you must also be a U.S. citizen.

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How to Apply
If you meet the qualifications and you’d like to apply when a job announcement becomes available, take this one all-important step now: Set up a USAJOBS account.

Setting up an account can take a bit of time and the job announcement may be open for only a short time, so you want to take this step before the job vacancy is announced. Here’s what you do:

  1. Go to Create New Account on the USAJOBS website.
  2. Use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to create your resume or upload your own resume (recommended). Important: Be sure your degree and month and date of graduation are clearly visible on your resume.
  3. Go to Saved Documents on the left side of the screen.
  4. Upload your most recent unofficial or official transcript. Important: If you are working towards or have a graduate degree, you must include that transcript in addition to your undergraduate transcript.
  5. If you are a veteran, upload the member copy 4 of your DD-214.

How to upload documents to your USAJOBS account:

  1. From the My Account page, click Saved Documents.
  2. Select your application documents stored on your computer to include in your saved documents. Files must be less than 3 MB and must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Enter a name for each of your documents.
  3. Click Upload. Once a document has been successfully uploaded, you can view or delete it at any time.

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Salary and Benefits
The base starting salary for entry-level examiners at FCA ranges from $47,257 to $49,151. A locality pay adjustment (similar to a cost-of-living adjustment) is added to this amount. The locality pay ranges from 8.3 percent to 18.4 percent of your salary, depending on your office location.

We also offer generous benefits:

For more information, see our Benefits page.

Although weekend travel is rare, this position requires extensive and frequent travel from Monday through Friday.

Equal Employment Opportunity
At FCA, we are dedicated to ensuring equal opportunity for all applicants. We make all employment decisions without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, protected genetic information, sexual orientation, parental status, marital status, or political affiliation. We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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Page updated: 4/3/18