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Federal Intelligence Careers

Federal Intelligence Careers

United States Intelligence Community

October 23, 2007

Want to stay on the cutting edge in your technical discipline? Want to sharpen your analytical talents? Want to delve into the language and culture of other countries? Want to work on issues that affect Americans’ national security? If you are interested in an exciting and rewarding career in the IC, then find out more by exploring this section.

There are 16 careers (broad areas of work) involved in the business of intelligence. Examples include substantive activities such as Analysis and Intelligence Collection as well as support activities such as Human Resources and Legal. These are common across most of the members of the Community. Each of the 16 consists of many different occupations.

An occupation is a specific job, all of which within a given career area involve similar work (at varying degrees of complexity and responsibility) and require similar knowledge and skills. For example, Analysis is one of the 16 IC careers. Individuals in this area manage and produce all-source intelligence on regional, transnational, scientific and technical, missile, and medical topics. Individuals working in this area perform similar work functions such as conducting research and gathering information, identifying intelligence gaps, interpreting and evaluating information from multiple (and sometimes contradictory) sources, monitoring trends and events related to a particular country or issue, and preparing written and oral assessments based on current events. Some of the specific occupations within this Career include Cartographer, Cryptanalyst, Imagery Analyst, and Regional Analyst. Employees may work at a particular occupation their entire career, or may undertake several different occupations within a given career area.

Types of Intelligence Careers

Use the links below to find detailed descriptions of each career along with a summary of skills and knowledge needed for career success. Then link from those descriptions to associated occupations using the link shown in the Related Links Section on the right side of each career page.

Intelligence Analysis: Are you looking for a job…or a career? Are you interested in the world around you? Are you a topic expert? Do you have foreign language proficiencies? Do you want to make a difference? Help protect your country? Work with the best and brightest? Solve difficult, analytic and technical problems? If so, you may wish to pursue work within the Analysis Career.

Engineering and Science: The Intelligence Community seeks to attract the best and brightest to work within the Engineering and Science Career. Scientific and Technical (S&T) analysts conduct cutting-edge research, have sophisticated tools and technology at their disposal, and perform work that makes a significant contribution to protecting national security. If you enjoy challenging your intellect, thinking creatively, pushing innovation to the edge, and working with exceptional colleagues, then you’ve come to the right place.

Information Technology: Personnel in the Information Technology (IT) Career provide services that build a foundation for the Intelligence Community’s mission of intelligence gathering, analysis, and reporting. The breadth and depth of opportunities available within the Community are staggering. Work may include providing customer support, designing and monitoring telecommunications networks, maintaining computer hardware and software, data management, strategic planning, ensuring information and systems security, or designing sophisticated Automated Information Systems (AIS) for intelligence customers.

Intelligence Collection: Adventure, challenge, international affairs, calculated risk-taking, problem solving, travel, if these words are appealing, you may want to pursue a career in the Intelligence Collection field. You may live and work anywhere in the world. You may be asked to learn a foreign language. You will be on the cutting edge of intelligence. In the performance of your work you will learn a great deal about people and other cultures. Your work will have a profound impact, it will help protect national security. Policymakers will be better able to make decisions based on the work that you do.

Language: Do you learn languages easily? Are you proficient in one or more foreign languages? Does teaching a language interest you? Can you see yourself traveling internationally, translating or transcribing languages, analyzing foreign reporting, or speaking a foreign language with colleagues? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, the language career may be for you.

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