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Analytic Methodologist

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $54,308 – $94,939*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

This position offers an opportunity to participate in the Language Hiring Bonus Program. See "Bonus Programs" in the Benefits section for more information.

Analytic Methodologists leverage substantive research methods and quantitative analysis to provide rigor and novel insights on intelligence concerns that ensure the security of the United States and its peoples, and further US interests abroad. Methodologists inform intelligence operations, policy discussions, and senior policymakers, including the President. They focus on human-centered questions--combining empirical or quantitative methods with data analysis and substantive expertise--and convey complex, data-driven insights clearly and concisely in writing and briefings.

Methodologists work on interdisciplinary projects using approaches from academia and industry. They also partner with substantive experts and data scientists to develop and prototype new methodological approaches and tools, applying them in novel ways to propel research and gain new insights from diverse, large datasets.

Analytic Methodologists join the CIA with a wide-range of academic and professional backgrounds; many bringing with them expertise in quantitative social sciences--such as survey research, behavioral research, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology--or backgrounds in hard sciences--such as engineering, statistics, or mathematics, or a desire to build those expertise. Many methodologists also are able to apply their understanding of programming languages, although formal training in computer science is not a requirement.

Agency analysts are encouraged to maintain and broaden their professional ties through academic study, contact, and attendance at professional meetings. They may also choose to pursue additional studies in fields relevant to their areas of responsibility. Opportunities exist for foreign and domestic travel, language training, analytic and management training, and assignments to other offices in the Agency and throughout the United States Government.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (note that some offices will accept highly qualified BAs)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Experience in fields involving statistics; mathematics; econometrics; GIS/remote sensing; operations research; computer or mathematical programming; demography; survey research, design, and analysis; gaming; and modeling

Desired Qualifications:

  • Competitive candidates typically will have higher GPAs and relevant experience
  • Strong verbal presentation and writing skills, including the demonstrated ability to write clear and concise text
  • Strong interest in international affairs
  • Ability to work in a team environment

The following items must be attached to your online application:

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter in which you specify 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.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • Two different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic papers that focus on your current area of expertise or interests and are related to your interest in positions at CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

To Apply:

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Application Instructions

An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 05:35 PM
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2018 03:43 PM

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