Opportunities for CIA Jobs
Looking at CIA jobs … or a CIA Career ?
Apparently, the CIA is looking for you !
… uh, to hire you, that is.
What is the CIA ?
The Central Intelligence Agency is an independent organization in the United States that carries out the collection, analysis, and dissemination of national security intelligence information to senior US government officials. It consists of five components, all requiring a very wide variety of professional and administrative skills :
- Executive Office (D/CIA)
- National Clandestine Service
- Directorate of Intelligence
- Directorate of Science & Technology
- Directorate of Support
The CIA is headquartered in McLean (Langley), Virginia in the USA. Its Director (D/CIA) interfaces directly with the Congress and the White House and reports to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
The DNI directs and coordinates the CIA and all of the member organizations of the United States Intelligence Community.
Under its mandate, the DNI gathers information from other U.S. government intelligence agencies, commercial information sources, and foreign intelligence services.
The CIA also supports the overall US government effort to combat international terrorism by acquiring, analyzing, and exchanging intelligence on foreign terrorist groups and individuals.
How Many CIA Jobs Are There?
Information about the size of the CIA has been mostly classified over the years, for security reasons. But it is known by those in the government who do have the responsibility for oversight of the CIA.
To give you some idea about the size of the Agency, the overall US intelligence budget, of which the CIA’s is just a part, for FY 1997 was $26 billion – a very rare exposure after much public pressure for more accountability. Years later, the FY 2005 intelligence budget was accidentally revealed by a former CIA deputy director to be $44 billion.
That’s a lot of cia jobs !
Of course, these are not all new CIA jobs by a long shot. But, the sheer magnitude of the CIA means that there will always be many opportunities for new hires as the organization undergoes constant change and natural attrition.
What Kinds of CIA Jobs are Available Now?
Just about any kind of job that you can imagine – and some that you can’t !
Cia entry level jobs, CIA government jobs, Secret Service jobs, related NSA jobs, related FBI jobs, CIA jobs in Pakistan, CIA jobs in Canada and more.
CIA Jobs that require well-qualified people in nearly all fields of study – new positions become available every month.
CIA careers for scientists, engineers, economists, linguists, mathematicians, secretaries, accountants and computer specialists.
Where are the CIA Jobs?
Mostly in the Washington DC area, with some postings in various other parts of the world.
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What Kinds of People Are the CIA Looking For?
The CIA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation.
In April 2012, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was asked to lead a team of senior Agency officers and other external advisers to take a fresh look at ways to improve career progression for women at the CIA.
The CIA seeks to employ staff from a wide diversity of languages, cultures and backgrounds to best serve the global interests and requirements of their mandate.
Get a much more detailed idea of the vast career opportunities available at the CIA and find out all about CIA Requirements on their website at cia.gov
What is Working for the CIA Like – Is it a ‘James Bond’ Type of Life Style?
A CIA Agent does have some pretty high tech gadgets and there are some occasionally risky times in the field. But on the whole, most don’t get to parachute with Queen Elizabeth II at the Olympics.
Operations officers or CIA Special Agents are a minor part of the overall CIA workforce. But, they are a special breed and they are singled out by their astute personality, high intellectual ability, strong mindedness, and their high degree of personal integrity, courage, and patriotism.
Typical jobs at the CIA might be an operations officer working overseas recruiting foreign agents, an intelligence analyst writing intelligence reports on Russian strategic nuclear forces or Middle Eastern terrorism, or an information officer looking for new technologies applicable to the CIA.
Much of the work generally involves very careful research, close evaluation, and the preparation of reports for the nation’s senior policymakers.
Qualifications for CIA Jobs
- US citizen
- minimum 18 years of age
- college degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- advanced degree is a standard requirement for overseas officers, intelligence analysts, and other non-clerical positions
- Knowledge of a foreign language is helpful
- willing to relocate to the Washington DC area or field locations around the world
- successful completion of a polygraph, medical examination, and background investigation
News About CIA Job Openings
News and Information about CIA Job Openings are posted regularly on cia.gov.
Check out the excerpts and links below on the latest talk about ‘Big Data’and the first ‘Woman Director’ of the Secret Service.
Interested in a career full of espionage, intrigue and patriotism? The career that just might suit is one in intelligence– if you’re willing to take Henry “Hank” Crumpton’s word for it.…
The CIA is keenly interested in capabilities for so-called big data the increasingly massive data sets created by digital technology. The agency even has a page on its website pitching big data jobs to prospective.…
The revelation that a woman is in the running for one of the most senior and sensitive jobs in the CIA came on the day that Barack Obama appointed Julia Pierson as the first female director of the secret service.…
How To Join the CIA?
- Start your CIA job research on the View All Career Opportunities page at cia.gov. Review each opportunity and determine from the list of open positions the ones that best suit you and that you would like to apply for.
- Become familiar with the Application Process that guides you in the completion of your online application.
- Before you apply, read about the Application Recommendations. There, you will learn about things that you need to know before starting the Application Process.
- Start the Application Process Here.
If you don’t find any current job listings that suit you, then check back periodically – the listings change quite often.
Don’t be impatient, the process could take a while – as soon as a few weeks – as long as a year.
If CIA Jobs are Not For You – Then What ?
First off, you are commendable for just considering the CIA for a job or even a lifetime career.
But what if you don’t get selected for CIA employment? Not everyone does because the requirements are very stringent and the competition is tough.
Maybe you are not yet a US citizen, you can’t wait for the long application process or you don’t want to relocate to Washington, DC.
Perhaps there is something about the CIA that doesn’t match up with your aspirations.
Well, Don’t Worry – There are Other Options to Explore
Have you ever considered working for yourself instead of having a job and building someone else’s business?
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But, if you do want to work for the CIA …
CONGRATULATIONS, you have made an excellent decision. I am proud of you and I wish you all the best in your new career.
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