exciting work, actually, being an Intelligence Analyst or
Reports Officer for the FBI -- piecing together information
and analyzing threats in national security and criminal investigations.
And critically important work, too. A matter of life and death,
in many cases.
how do you get the skills to be good at what you do?
you're onboard as an FBI employee, you go to school -- you
go to the FBI's College of Analytical Studies. And not just
once, as an "undergraduate," but throughout your
career in post-graduate, specialty studies, often in partnership
with CIA University.
Intelligence Analysis 101
orienting analysts to the history and function of the Intelligence
Community, this course focuses on analytic techniques and
puts a lot of analytic and research tools into their hands,
then drills them on using them. They learn what to look for,
how to think, how to amplify what they've been given through
research on many different databases, how to connect the dots...then
how to write up their findings in trenchant reports.
a bunch of them. Things like Chemical and Biological Weapons
Familiarization. Illicit International Money Flows. Radiation
Dispersal Devices. International Banking Operations. Proliferation/Transnational
Issues. Advanced Analytic Techniques.
in becoming an FBI Intelligence Analyst?
thing about these folks: they love their jobs. It's an extraordinary
career, and a fascinating one, and one that can make a difference
in protecting people at home and abroad. Check out the FBI
website at www.fbijobs.com under "Support Vacancies"
and look for Intelligence Analyst and Reports Officer postings.
Fill out the application... and you're on your way.