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Language Opportunities

In our rapidly changing world, intelligence priorities can shift as countries and languages increase in importance. To stay ahead of these critical changes, the CIA needs language professionals to help us effectively gather the intelligence that keeps our nation safe.

Operating in multiple positions throughout the Agency, our language experts use their ability to speak, read and translate foreign languages – as well as their understanding of cultural differences – to handle both current national security requirements and potentially new missions.

The CIA needs language professionals who specialize in a range of languages spoken around the world, including, but not limited to, Arabic, Chinese, Mandarin, Dari/Pashto, Korean, Persian/Farsi and Russian.

The CIA offers monetary bonuses for those who meet proficiency requirements in one or more of our mission critical languages. Visit the Foreign Language Incentive Program page to see a full list of languages that qualify for our incentives.

While language skills are valuable no matter what role you have at the CIA, there are several roles that rely heavily on foreign language skills. Learn more about a day in the life of foreign language professionals.

View our foreign language career opportunities and apply today.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019 11:59 AM
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2019 11:33 AM

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