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Economic Analyst

Economic Analysts assess foreign economic, trade, and financial interests that affect U.S. security interests.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $58,070 - $172,500
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • Foreign language bonus eligible

About the Job

As an Economic Analyst at CIA, you’ll assess foreign economic, trade, and financial interests that affect U.S. security interests. Economists working in regional offices focus on a range of macroeconomic and microeconomic issues facing the country or region, while economists working transnational issues take a broader, global approach to these issues and deep dive into technical details. Analysts may assess illicit financial activities, including terrorist and criminal networks, money laundering, or foreign corruption.

Opportunities exist for foreign and domestic travel, language training, and analytic tradecraft and management training. You will have an opportunity to develop deep substantive expertise and participate in broadening assignments with other offices in the Agency and across the U.S. Government.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Economics (preferred)
    • Finance
    • Business Administration
    • International Management
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale is preferred
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Interest in international affairs
  • Awareness of U.S. national security interests
  • Foreign language capability
  • Strong verbal presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise text
  • Research experience in international affairs
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Interest in a career that requires regular writing assignments

What You’ll Need to Apply

The following items must be attached to your online application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • A cover letter specifying your qualifications for one or more analytic positions. Please address why you want to work as an analyst and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Two (2) different writing samples, three to five pages (3-5) each, single-spaced PDF. Submit papers that showcase your writing style, research abilities, and critical thinking skills. Subject matter should focus on your current areas of expertise that relate to your interest in positions at CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.