The bail bond industry is growing, bringing a demand for bail bond agents, also called bail bondsmen or bounty hunters. This is a challenging job with a lot of variety. Virtual Fundamentals describes how to become a bail bond agent.
Each state will have its own requirements for becoming a bail bond agent. For example, in Pennsylvania, you need to be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED, and attend at least 24 hours of a course, and pass an exam in order to get a license. In Florida, you not only have to take a two-week course, but also take an online course. You then have to intern for a year. Your state may require you to take ongoing education courses in order to renew your license. In Pennsylvania, a course needs to be taken every two years.
You may be required to use a gun during the course of your job. It’s best to take gun training classes in order to not only keep yourself safe, but for the safety of others. Bail bond agents are allowed to use unlicensed guns. You can also choose to carry non-lethal weapons like pepper spray. Most of the time, you will be in an office and going through paperwork.