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Customs Inspector Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 116,700 Customs Inspectors in the United States. The Customs Inspector job market is expected to shrink by -1.2% between 2014 and 2024.

Customs Inspector Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Customs Inspectors with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 28,300 Customs Inspectors. That number is based on the retirement of 28,300 existing Customs Inspectors.

Demand for Customs Inspectors

Following 9/11, border protection and related job opportunities expanded significantly, as counter terrorism efforts in the U.S. and throughout the world became a national priority. The more recent debates concerning illegal immigration and the establishment of appropriate rates of legal immigration have also contributed to the need for customs inspectors. The volume of goods being imported and exported is another factor which influences demand in the field. In view of these prominent issues, employment in this occupation should be sustained, but it is unlikely to increase, as almost all openings are projected to result from the retirement of current inspectors. Competition for these sought-after government jobs will continue to be strong. Applicants who are willing to relocate to any of the twelve Department of Homeland Security regions should improve their job prospects. As global trade and travel continue to grow, candidates with foreign language proficiency will also enhance their employability. Law enforcement or military experience, especially investigative experience, is viewed as another particularly valuable asset in the field. Physically fit applicants also generally have better prospects. Seasoned customs inspectors seeking advancement opportunities may earn special assignments that sometimes include service abroad. Senior-level United States customs inspectors may also be considered for liaison work with a number of agencies within the Department of Homeland Security, including the FBI, the Secret Service, and the Coast Guard.

Supply of Customs Inspectors

The Customs Inspector industry is concentrated in Texas, California, and New York.

Customs Inspector Job Market by State

State name Employed Customs Inspectors
Texas 16,900
California 12,040
New York 8,920
Arizona 6,130
Florida 6,130
Virginia 3,430
Georgia 3,200
Pennsylvania 2,870
New Jersey 2,860
North Carolina 2,830
District of Columbia 2,790
Illinois 2,710
Washington 2,250
Louisiana 2,160
Ohio 2,070
Massachusetts 1,900
Michigan 1,840
Colorado 1,710
New Mexico 1,610
Missouri 1,560
Tennessee 1,360
Alabama 1,310
Minnesota 1,290
Wisconsin 1,270
Indiana 1,120
South Carolina 1,030
Maryland 960
Connecticut 930
Oklahoma 900
Mississippi 880
Kansas 870
Kentucky 670
Puerto Rico 640
Oregon 630
Maine 580
Nevada 540
Arkansas 490
Hawaii 470
Montana 440
Idaho 400
Utah 370
Iowa 370
New Hampshire 340
Nebraska 310
Rhode Island 300
North Dakota 280
Vermont 230
South Dakota 210
West Virginia 180
Wyoming 170
Alaska 100
Delaware 90

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