CIA Jobs: 5 Positions Working with America's Most Clandestine Organization
Heads up, Mission:Impossible and Bourne Supremacy fans. You, too, can enjoy an exciting career with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. That's right. While it is indeed America's most clandestine organization, the CIA needs talented people to help accomplish its missions impossible, intriguing and exotically interesting. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, will be to join a team of diverse individuals for the important job of keeping America safe.
"Make a difference in your career," says the CIA on its website's Careers home page. (Yes, the CIA does have a public website.) "Consider the global employment opportunities at the CIA. This includes Clandestine Service Officers to be on the front line of human intelligence. Plus, we are looking for individuals skilled in science, engineering, technology, analysis, foreign languages and administration for positions in the United States and overseas."
Sound interesting? You just might be CIA material - and the agency is hiring. But first, be sure to take the Careers Personality Quiz on the CIA's website. Then check out these five positions that are now available.
1. Operations Officer, Clandestine Service
The CIA says: "Operations officers serve on the front lines of the human intelligence collection business by clandestinely recruiting and handling sources of foreign intelligence. It takes special skills and professional discipline to establish strong human relationships that result in high-value intelligence from clandestine sources. An Operations Officer must be able to deal with fast-moving, ambiguous and unstructured situations. This requires physical and psychological health, energy, intuition, 'street sense' and the ability to cope with stress. Operations officers serve the bulk of their time in overseas assignments."
The CIA is constantly seeking analysts of every stripe, including counterintelligence threat analysts, counter-terrorism analysts, crime analysts, economic analysts and intelligence collection analysts. Analysts are skilled subject-matter experts who study and evaluate information from many sources. For example, counterintelligence threat analysts collect, study and interpret a range of reports to identify and prevent foreign intelligence operations that threaten the U.S. government or intelligence community.
-- Analyst Jobs
3. Science, weapons and technology experts
The Directorate of Intelligence (DI) seeks engineers and scientists to analyze challenging national security issues, such as foreign weapons development, weapons proliferation, information warfare and emerging technologies. These engineers and scientists serve as professional intelligence officers, applying their scientific and technical knowledge to solving complex intelligence problems and presenting their assessments to senior policymakers.
4. Core collector
The National Clandestine Service offers two entry-level programs for field-based core collector careers that range in pay from $58,511 to $81,204 annually. The Professional Trainee (PTs) Program is for applicants who have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, but may often lack substantive work or military experience, and generally range in age from 21 to 25.
Upon entry on duty, PTs gain experience through a series of responsible headquarters-based assignments that expose them to core aspects of the clandestine service's mission. The Clandestine Service (CST) Program is for applicants who have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and several years of substantive work or military experience before applying, and are generally in the 25 to 35 year age range. There is a 35 year maximum age requirement.
The CIA is always seeking people with good foreign language skills, from foreign media analysts to Clandestine Service language officers to teachers of foreign languages in intelligence education. Foreign media analysts, also called Open Source Officers, use foreign language and area knowledge to review and assess foreign open media sources, including Internet sites, newspapers, press agencies, television, radio and specialized publications, collecting intelligence from these media to deliver high-impact products to the U.S. foreign affairs community.
Joyce Hanson is a Brooklyn, New York-based writer, editor and long-time blogger who has written about small business and careers for Crain's New York Business.