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Targeting Analyst

Targeting Analysts use unique datasets, specialized tools, and network analysis techniques to counter threats, drive collection, and provide insights on emerging national security issues and trends.
  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $66,061 - $191,900
  • Bachelor's or master's degree
  • Foreign language bonus eligible
  • Opportunities for foreign travel are possible

Agency-wide Requirements

All applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens (dual U.S. citizens also eligible)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to move to the Washington, DC area
  • Able to complete security and medical evaluations
  • Registered for the Selective Service

About the Job

As a Targeting Analyst at CIA, you will work on teams that bring analysis and operations together to maximize the impact of Agency and Intelligence Community resources against key figures and organizations who pose a threat to U.S. interests. You will use unique datasets, specialized tools, and network analysis techniques to identify opportunities to counter threats to the US, drive intelligence collection, evaluate emerging issues and trends, and evaluate the risks and benefits of proposed operations. You will need to use your creativity, critical thinking, initiative, puzzle-solving, and strong communication and interpersonal skills to help solve complex intelligence problems and drive intelligence collection efforts. Over the course of your career, you might focus on specific regions of the world and on functional topics including terrorism, weapons proliferation, narcotics trafficking, counterintelligence, and cyber threats.

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 or more of these fields:
    • International Studies
    • International Relations
    • Political Science
    • History
    • National Security Studies
    • International Trade
    • International Business
    • International Economics
    • Marketing
    • Transnational Crime
    • Data Analysis
    • International Finance
    • Weapons Proliferation
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • 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 US 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