What does an Intelligence Analyst do?

As an Intelligence Analyst you will focus on a country or specific field gathering information, analyzing and making assessments and developing reports based on intelligence gathered. You may work as part of a geographically dispersed team or foreign local team. This may be work in an office environment as part of a cross functional team. You will make presentations on your findings and the information you provide will be used by leaders in the organization to business and geopolitical decisions

An ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in political science or a related field with a minimum of 5 years of experience in a similar role. Language proficiency in a language other than English is essential. A background check is required before an offer can be extended. The ability to pass a maintain a clearance and the willingness to travel 20% of the time is essential.

  • Examine information from a wide array of foreign sources
  • Evaluate and assess gathered information
  • Develop meaningful intelligence assessments, free of any bias
  • Responsible for report writing and making oral briefings
  • Abide by all security protocols
  • Integrate the cultural context from foreign sources
  • Work under tight deadlines
  • Work effectively with a cross functional team
  • Master's degree in political science or related field, preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in a similar role
  • Language proficiency in a language other than English
  • Subject matter expertise in a field (politics, economics, crime or related fields)
  • Skilled in written and oral communication
  • Well honed analytical skills
  • Background check required
  • Ability to travel 20% of the time
  • Pass and maintain a secret/top secret clearance
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Intelligence Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$64,563 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $65K
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Intelligence Analyst Career Path

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US Air ForceUS Air Force
Operations Intelligence Analyst
Jul 2, 2021

“You get to meet great people along the way and leave your mark in history.”

US Department of Homeland SecurityUS Department of Homeland Security
Criminal Intelligence Analyst
Dec 31, 2020

“Upper GS levels in comparison to DOD are not respected nor looked upon in the same prestigiousness.”

Cyberspace SolutionsCyberspace Solutions
Intelligence Analyst
Oct 1, 2020

“The pay is horrible for deploying as a contractor which is 33% of the time with this contract.”

US NavyUS Navy
Intelligence Analyst
Nov 18, 2021

“Guaranteed pay check for entire contract if you keep up your end of the deal.”

Intelligence Analyst
Dec 4, 2020

“Numerous pay issues and no written policies or breakdowns to how they are paying me or others I know on this contract.”

AI consultant
Dec 10, 2019

“There wasn't a single incompetent colleague I had to deal with and not enjoyed working with.”

US Air ForceUS Air Force
Intelligence Analyst
Jan 21, 2021

“You work as a part of a highly knit team and build a family for life.”

Preting ConsultingPreting Consulting
All-Source Intelligence Analyst
Nov 4, 2021

“It shows to me that the management cares about the personal and professional development of its employees.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an intelligence analyst

When working as an intelligence analyst, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Gathering, Critical Thinking, Views, Operating Systems, and Written Communication.

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The most common qualifications to become an intelligence analyst include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.