CIA Intelligence Officer

J. Patel


Being a CIA Intelligence Officer is a broad field. There are several activities an Intelligence Officer can participate in. Intel Officers can work in counter-intelligence, HUMINT ( human intelligence ), and espionage. Working in any of these requires working undercover, being a spy. All of this is under the Clandestine Service of the CIA.


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Starting at around $52,000 and can go up to about $100,000, depending on experience, education, and work field.

Employment Prospects

There are an abundance of jobs as an Intelligence Officer, but significantly less for an Intelligence Officer at the CIA. The CIA offers positions yearly for Intelligence Officers, but other agencies such as the FBI, NSA, and DIA, offer positions too.

Advancent Prospects

Some people start off as a Trainee, after about a year or two of experience then become an Intelligence Officer. After years of work, one can move up to be a Senior Officer.

Special Skills and Traits

In order to be successful in this field, one has to have several important personality and profession skills. Skills such as great oral and handwriting skills, great computer skills, ability to handle under pressure, teamwork, work independently, willingness to learn a foreign language, and patriotism.

Education Requirements

Education to become an Intelligence Officer is crucial. The minimum requirements are having a 3.0 GPA and a four year degree from a college or university. Any major can lead someone to be an Intelligence Officer, but the CIA prefers degrees in computers, sciences, and international business/ relations. There are even degrees in intelligence one could take. Since the CIA values education, Ivy League schools are perfect. Some Ivy League Schools are :

Harvard University - (617) 495-1000
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard University is one of the best Universities in the United States. It was established in 1636 and has about 21,000 students

Cornell University - (607) 254-4636
Day Hall Lobby
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Founded in 1865, Cornell has over 21,000 students.


There are no certain certifications one has to need in order to join the CIA as an Intelligence Officer.

Professional Assocations

The Associations of Former Intelligence Officers is one association dedicated to the study and passing on the importance of Intelligence in the U.S.


Some advice for someone who wants to be an Intelligence for the CIA include :
- Achieving the best grades possible in school and later in college
- Gain as much experience in the field through the military or internships
- Stay away from things that could cause one to be disqualified, such as drugs and crime

Unique Facts

Being an Intelligence Officer may mean being a spy, so the thrill of acting like James Bond can be a possibility. Also, traveling with special gadgets and strategies, can be part of the job.


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