Intelligence Career Service
The DI’s most important component is its people. The FBI
created an Intelligence Career Service (ICS) to elevate the importance
of intelligence within the organization and to provide its intelligence
professionals with defined career paths and increased promotion
opportunities. The ICS consists of Intelligence Analysts (IAs),
Language Analysts (LAs), Physical Surveillance Specialists (PSSs),
and a dedicated number of Special Agents (SAs).
IAs are professionals who create intelligence by converting raw
data into actionable information. IAs develop specific expertise,
discern patterns of complex behavior, and offer an accurate understanding
of present and future threats. Analysts create timely actionable
products (reports, briefings, etc.) that help investigators, managers,
executives, and policy makers. IAs work in every FBI HQ division
and in all 56 field offices. You can find out more about the diverse
backgrounds and daily work lives of IAs, by reading some of our IA
LAs provide quality translation, interpretation, and language
analysis services to the FBI and the Intelligence Community.
are certified in approximately 75 languages, running the gamut
from Amharic (an Ethiopian language) to Yoruba (a Nigerian language).
More than 95% of the FBI’s linguists are native speakers
of these foreign languages. Their native-level fluencies and
long-term immersion within a foreign culture ensure not only
a firm grasp
of colloquial and idiomatic speech, but also of heavily nuanced
language containing religious, cultural, and historical references.
For more information about the diverse backgrounds and daily
work lives of LAs, read some of our LA
The FBI’s Surveillance Specialists are responsible
for performing investigative support directly related to the
foreign counterintelligence and international terrorism functions.
The surveillance positions collect, analyze, and disseminate
intelligence data gathered during the course of sophisticated
operations. The work of these positions directly and significantly
affects the investigative work of the FBI and other
federal government, state, and local agencies in the Intelligence
The Intelligence Career Service includes a select number of Special
Agents. Special Agents carry out the responsibilities of the FBI
by enforcing more than 260 federal statutes, such as those pertaining
to organized crime, white-collar crime, financial crime, civil
rights violations, bank robbery, kidnapping, terrorism, foreign
counterintelligence, fugitive, and drug trafficking matters. Special
Agents also work with other federal, state, and local law enforcement
agencies on investigative matters of joint interest.
To learn more about career opportunities in the FBI, visit www.fbijobs.gov.
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