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Federal Intelligence Careers: Collection

United States Intelligence Community

October 23, 2007

Individuals working in Intelligence Collection have very unique careers indeed. They work with intelligence analysts to determine the vital information needed to produce finished intelligence. There are six basic intelligence sources or collection disciplines (i.e., SIGINT, IMINT, MASINT, HUMINT, OSINT, and Geospatial Intelligence). Intelligence Collection personnel use technical and human resources to obtain that information. The important issues are diverse and may include international terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, missile and space developments, defense-related medical and health issues, counterintelligence, and international drug trafficking, to name a few.

To effectively collect intelligence information you must be able to establish and build interpersonal relationships. The arts of persuasion, negotiation, interviewing, and problem solving will serve you well. The ability to work in ambiguous and unstructured situations is critical. You must be a team player. Language proficiency in one or more foreign languages is desired, and a bachelor’s degree is often required. Individuals within this career come from a variety of backgrounds such as nuclear, biological, or chemical engineering; international economics; business; or the physical sciences. Prior foreign travel, residency abroad, or military experience is a plus.

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.

Return to Federal Intelligence Careers page.


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    Kenedi007

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    So i'm a high school student, and i'm interested in this career path. Any suggestions on how to prepare, classes i should go ahead and take, what to expect?

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    tamilea

    over 3 years ago

    22 comments

    This is what I am going to school for and I can't wait to finish!

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    cmellette3

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

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    DanThoms

    over 4 years ago

    400 comments

    The best of luck to you, bogey319. This is one of the toughest fields of work for entry i have ever seen. From filling out countless aplications; to be heard and trying to locate training to give yourself something to stand out from other canadates. Training is limited, if your in the military and are able to attend classes, please do so. Intellegence agencys are the only ones who know what they want and who to perform the duties. As i said in the begining i wish you the best of luck and if its truley what you want to do, then keep at it.

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    bogey319

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I would like to talk to a recruiter.

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    ddharwell

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I am currently a collector. I am also a student in the Human Services Field. I will graduate with a BS Degree in May 2010. I have the skills to work with people and the knowledge to collect the funds. I welcome the opportunity to become a Federal Collector.

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    Account Removed

    over 4 years ago

    I was looking at the website listings for these positions and it's ambiguous whether there is a writing sample required, and if so what that should look like. Since there's a time limit for an open application, I'd like to see that in advance. Any suggestions?

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    barton1p

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I would like to reactivate my TS/SCI clearances and work on intelligence issues from my home in Vermont

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    billyjasmin

    almost 5 years ago

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    kjuneau

    almost 5 years ago

    14 comments

    I would like to be contacted by a recruiter. I feel that I have the desired skills that are needed for these jobs.

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    elnene12003

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I would like for a recruiter to contact me. All my experience is military and as police officer in different departments and specialized units. Looking forward to keep serving my country.

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    lendrum

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I am looking to further my career in the intelligence field. I am currently employed as a private investigator, and would like to utilize my current skills and apply them to our national security.

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