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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.

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    Brooks_Bojanowski

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I also work in this field, plenty of experience. Open to government work or contracting.

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    airassault77

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    This is what I do. I just need to talk to a recruiter. I have posted a resume.

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    Lanka

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Too Bad US Citizenship is required. I always wished I had citizenship for more than one country enabling me to become a global citizen and serve all nations against terrorism .

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    tbuckleyrealty

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I would love to be considered to work in this field.

    tb

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    ErikaJac

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I would enjoy a a psychological examination. I would Like to know the dresults of my exam. At times I'm very intuitive and can almost always predict what might happen. I would like to put my experiences to good use.

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    utemanhoneyman

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Informative and intriguing. The relationship building, negotiations, persuasion, problem solving, and language skills needed are match my key talents and interests....hmmm.

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    junnie

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    OPENLY SEEKING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHEREVER NEEDED

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