What does a Principal 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

Principal Intelligence Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$129,181 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$90K
Median: $129K
$185K
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Principal Intelligence Analyst Career Path

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US Department of Homeland SecurityUS Department of Homeland Security
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Dec 31, 2020

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

Cyberspace SolutionsCyberspace Solutions
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Oct 1, 2020

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

CenCoreCenCore
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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.”

AccentureAccenture
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Dec 10, 2019

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

The Buffalo GroupThe Buffalo Group
Intelligence Analyst
Sep 1, 2021

“I feel like my skills have improved since I started working here and that my career is really advancing.”

Banque Nationale du Canada/National Bank of CanadaBanque Nationale du Canada/National Bank of Canada
Intelligence Analyst
Sep 28, 2021

“working remotely and good work experience”

Booz Allen HamiltonBooz Allen Hamilton
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Oct 20, 2020

“If you are hired your job security is pretty stable since there are so many contracts to choose from.”

US NavyUS Navy
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Dec 10, 2020

“Job security is a great asset and a stable income.”

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