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Federal Intelligence Careers: Engineering and Science

United States Intelligence Community

October 23, 2007

This Career encompasses a wide variety of work assignments including S&T intelligence research and development, analysis, collections, and/or operations. Analysts solve complex intelligence problems in such areas as foreign weapons development, weapons proliferation, information warfare, and emerging technology. Specific activities might include modeling foreign weapons systems; recommending collection requirements; representing an intelligence agency on working groups; conducting scientific research, compiling and evaluating data, and presenting findings and conclusions; or producing finished S&T intelligence products. The result of your work will be used to make important military and national security decisions.

Skill requirements for Engineering and Science occupations vary by position and agency. Common skills include strong oral communication, written communication, analytical/critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. The ability to work within a team environment is also important. Agencies often require a bachelor’s or more advanced degree in one of the following scientific disciplines: biology, biotechnology, chemistry, life science, mathematics, microbiology, pharmacology, physics, toxicology, or one of the many engineering disciplines (e.g., aerospace, civil, computer, electrical, electronic, mechanical, materiel, nuclear). Foreign language proficiency, study abroad experience, or related experience such as summer internships with government or industry, military service, or laboratory experience are desired.

The Intelligence Community places an emphasis on maintaining currency in one’s area of expertise and applicable technologies. Extensive in-house classroom and on-the-job training are provided. Analysts are encouraged to maintain professional ties within the Intelligence Community, academia, and the private sector. Opportunities for foreign travel and language training are available.

US citizenship is required. All applicants must successfully complete an extensive background investigation. Some positions may also require medical and psychological examinations and a polygraph interview.

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