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Technical Targeting Analyst

Technical Targeting Analysts evaluate technical and scientific data to provide insights that unite technical operations and development activities to maximize intelligence collection strategies.
  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $64,957 – $172,075*
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Biology, Chemistry, Econometrics, Mathematics, Sociology, Data Science
  • 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 Technical Targeting Analyst at CIA, you will enable the Agency to collect intelligence against our nation’s highest priority threats in a global environment that is often hostile, fast paced, and technologically savvy. Technical Targeting Analysts evaluate technical and scientific data to provide insights that unite technical operations and technical development activities to maximize intelligence collection strategies.

Using your research and critical thinking skills, as well as your writing and briefing abilities on both current and longer-term intelligence studies, you will analyze critical data, inform senior officials, and steer intelligence operations. An ability to identify and assess entities, vulnerabilities, and technological trends to enable new collection operations that answer critical intelligence issues is vital to this work. Technical Targeting Analysts also apply their skills to uncovering and disrupting threats to CIA’s mission. This requires strong analytic, research, and investigative skills combined with an aptitude for an interest in technical and scientific topics, personal initiative, and a bias for collaboration.

Opportunities may exist for foreign travel, technical and management training, and assignments in other offices within the CIA. Advanced training will be provided in analytical tools and methodologies, as well as a variety of technologies.

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 degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Cultural Anthropology
    • Data Science
    • Econometrics
    • Engineering disciplines (Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, Aerospace, Nuclear etc.)
    • Geospatial Modeling
    • Materials Science
    • Mathematics/Statistics
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Forensics (digital forensics, forensic science, and technology)
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Data Analytics
    • Econometrics, Mathematical Modeling, or Geospatial Modeling
    • Gaming and Modeling
    • Internet/Web technology
    • Mathematical Analysis
    • Network Security & Engineering
    • Signal processing and Analysis
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Statistical Operations Research
    • Survey Research, Design, and Analysis
    • Telecommunications Networks/Voice Data Communications
  • Self-starter attitude with initiative
  • Creative
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Strong analytic and research skills