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Work at the National Security Agency

Work at the National Security Agency

Kathryn Troutman /

October 15, 2007

The National Security Agency (NSA) is looking for graduating college seniors, experienced professionals and even high school graduates in a number of career areas. But unlike most other federal agencies, the NSA is an Excepted Service Agency, which means it has the flexibility to create jobs, recruit and hire with its own human resources system that has been designed to fit the agency’s special recruiting needs.

Who Can Apply for Jobs at the NSA?

An NSA representative (who asked to remain nameless because of security concerns) says, “We would consider all applications from US citizens with the required qualifications for our jobs.” The qualifications for specific careers and jobs at NSA are described on the NSA web site under Careers.

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NSA’s core missions are foreign signals intelligence and information assurance in support of both the US military and the government. A large amount of research is also completed at NSA, and there are positions available in various technical as well as nontechnical fields.

Where Are the Jobs?

NSA headquarters are in Fort Meade, Maryland, about 45 minutes from downtown Washington, DC, and 30 minutes from downtown Baltimore. Some jobs may require travel.

What Are the Career Fields?

Acquisition & Business Management
Computer/Electrical Engineering
Computer Science
Foreign Languages
Human Resources
Intelligence Analysis
Occupational Health
Security and Protection
Signals Analysis

What Are Some of the Job Titles?

Acquisition Logistics Specialist
Budget Analyst
Business Manager
Business Technologist
Contracting Specialist
Corporate Acquisition Planning & Oversight Specialist
Cost & Price Analyst
Finance & Accounting Analyst
Finance & Accounting Technician
Manpower Management Analyst
Program Manager
Purchasing Specialist
Resource Programmer

How to Apply

Applying is relatively simple; unlike most other federal job postings, there are no KSAs, narratives, essays, job-specific questions, core questions or examples. Go to the NSA’s web site, and click on Careers. Then click on Apply Online, which allows you to search by both job category and keyword. After checking off specific job titles and putting them in a shopping cart (also fairly unique for a federal online job application system), applicants need to attach an electronic resume and answer employment questions on 13 online pages of the Resume and Job Application system.

After Your Resume Is in the Database

You do not need to return to see if there are new announcements posted, new closing dates or what happened to your application. Your part is complete! The HR staff will select candidates for particular jobs and contact you. It’s in your best interest to keep applying to other jobs.

  • Nd0_max50


    over 1 year ago


    Yo no sé si me permite para trabajar como una persona importante de NSA.....or Inteligencia

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    September 11, 2011

    Lord i Pray that we stay One Nation Under GOD, and United that all should be Free.

    Lower all taxes while we still have a United States of America.

    When this Old World starts getting you down. From Pollution the cost of OIL, Heating Fuel,The Fuel you put in your Vehicles, You Electric Bills from
    cooling air conditioners and lights not to speak of the Evil. The TAX that all Governments Federal, State, County and City put on everything they can thing of.

    They are supposed to serve us. Not put a burden on its people. That they are elected to serve all the people you, not their own Pocket Books.

    The Wicked keep putting higher taxes on everything. Making it a Heavy Burden on many that are already struggling just to put food on the table.

    Too many Americans have lost their home to the tax collector or to foreclosures from the unjust bankers greed. More are out of work and lost their homes then in the GREAT DEPRESSION, in the last ten years. All Americans and many Nations need good jobs and more of them. Not more TAXES.

    All Taxes need to be lowered now while there is still time to save America.

    There is a Industry that will employ workers and is growing by more then 50% every year. There is a clear way for all up on the roof the Sun Light is free fuel from GOD. Some wicked in Government have been backing Coal, Oil, Gas and the Nuclear industries for too many years.

    These kickbacks to them were called Subsidizing Industry Technology. Most all Wise Men and smart Economist and Environmentalists call this padding their pockets and subsidizing back to the
    Stone Age.

    The best deal would be to lower Taxes for all this is not the Roman Empire.

    The Chinese Know Renewable Energy is a good thing. Most of the rest of the World is still a slave to Oil, Coal and Nuclear Power. All the Governments of the World now know it is wise to use Renewable Energy it is the Local Governments that are a little slow to learn what is best for all not just there pocket book.

    They fear people going off the grid all that tax money they will no longer be able to take from you. Wind and Solar Farms are growing all over the Earth. This could have happened years ago if the greedy wicked were stopped by the Real Good.

    The Freedom to get your own Power from the Wind and Sun, Solar Energy has been there for years. Are Libraries and Schools should have been the first to have gone Solar and Renewable Energy. And why are they not? Churches are all over the Planet. They are going to Solar Energy.

    Thank GOD for the Pioneers like John Schaeffer that Started Real Goods The first and Best catalog for Renewable Energy and Scientist Bill Young at the FSEC Florida Solar Energy Center and Monica D. Key Lindbergh for many years wrote to our legislators promoting Solar and Renewable Energy and many others.

    These Pioneers helped put Wind, Solar And Renewable Energy in the Spotlight for all the World to see.
    The Great Scientist Albert Einstein Stared it with a Dream that the day would come that all the World would use Solar Energy. His many years of work with the law of the Photoelectric Effect, and showing this to the World won him the Nobel Prize in Physics. We still do not teach this to our young.

    GOD Bless all that help tell this to the World

    All Taxes need to be lowered cut in half or there will be a lot more Poor and needy and not in just other countries. This coming year the World will see hunger like never before. More then 100 million will be sick from malnutrition going with out food. Taxing the poor and taking there Land away from them is Wicked. Very soon the Rich will become the Poor.

    If your Legislature will not lower Taxes vote them out of office and VOTE in someone that will Lower your Taxes. If your Son or Daughter was raised in a christian Home we need them in our Government as Leaders.

    United We Will Always Stand
    In GOD We Trust
    True Patriots
    GOD Bless
    and May HE Guide you all.

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

    Many a Nation have fallen from taxing their people to Death. You want Prosperity and for thing to Flourish and grow lower all taxes. You want thriving, success, or good fortune for only a few, keep over taxing all.
    Solar, Wind and Renewable Energy Freedom from OIL. The Humanitarian thing to do. Solar Energy.
    Why let the Wicked in office in our Nation if they do not believe in GOD and the Bible vote them out of office.
    United We Will Always Stand in GOD We Trust George Washington and Johann Paul Schott 1776.
    In GOD We Trust
    The United States of America’s Motto July 30, 1956.
    King David’s Motto 3,000 years ago.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Sounds wonderfully straight forward. I may give it a go.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    i could do the account job as i have been doing my own books for years doing my t shirt printing company

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    but how long does it take for them to contact you if they want you to work for them?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    I had a Top Secret crypto clearance on active duty in the Phillipines and Japan. I retired from the USAF reserves in 2005 and soon to retire from the Myrtle Beach Fire Dept, Myrtle Beach, SC. Can my experience be utilized by the NSA?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 6 years ago


    I just returned from Iraq in July after spending 2.5 years there. I was a Site Manager but my job entailed much more. Prior to deploying to Iraq from San Antonio I worked as a CATIII with a TS. I worked as a QC / Analyst / Voice Interceptor and much more. I was a Subject Matte Expert. I also did the same job in Bosnia while I served under Gen. Nash, Meigs, Grange , Abazaid ans Ellis.

    I thoroughly enjoy being on the ground. From Feb 96 to Dec 96 I was trained by the (SAS) British Special Forces. I am looking to get on with a company that is serious about doing their job and takes care of its people. If by some chance someone has the opportunity to contact me. I would really appreciated the chance to speak with a recruiter. V/R-Sinaja Mravak

  • Foto_urs_300_dpi_max50


    over 6 years ago


    I am here in Switzerland and want to return to the U.S. Can you give me any tips on how to apply?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 6 years ago


    I am currently employed as an Intelligence Officer, Department of Finance, government of the Republic of the Philippines. I wonder if i can qualify as an employee of the Department of Homeland Security. I have various trainijng on intelligence and financial fraud. KNiows martial arts and can handle firarms

  • Dsc04062_max50


    over 6 years ago


    I am software Engg. complete in IT field and I want to join a defence academy so how i will apply plss give me a suggestion ...................
    my contact no is :-09406825125

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