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Economic Analyst

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $50,861 – $98,305*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

The CIA's Directorate of Intelligence (DI) seeks economists to assess foreign economic, trade, and financial issues that affect US security interests. They work closely with political, leadership, and military analysts throughout the Intelligence Community to produce written intelligence papers and briefings for US policymakers and other US officials. Economists working in regional offices focus on the range of macroeconomic and microeconomic issues facing the country or region they cover, to include foreign policies or practices that are of potential concern to US national security. Economists working transnational issues take a broader, global approach to such matters and tend to delve more deeply into technical details, particularly in terms of macroeconomic stability and finance. Economic analysts may also assess illicit financial activities, including terrorist and criminal networks, money laundering, or foreign corruption. Economists with strong regional studies backgrounds and special expertise in the international trade or financial system, impact of sanctions or energy issues are of particular interest.

Agency analysts are encouraged to maintain and broaden professional ties through academic study, attendance at professional meetings, foreign travel, language training and analytic and management training.


Minimum requirements: A bachelor's or a master's degree in economics, finance, business administration, international management, or economic crimes management or a related area, with a strong concentration on international finance or international business. Candidates with a strong macroeconomic background, excellent financial analysis skills and analytical skills, and foreign area expertise will also be considered. Foreign language capability is desired. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale is required. Competitive candidates typically will have higher GPAs, relevant experience, and strong verbal presentation and writing skills, including the demonstrated ability to write clear and concise text.

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 for the DI 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:

Make a note of the position(s) that interest you, as you can apply for up to four positions in one application. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application, and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

Application Instructions

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


Posted: Apr 21, 2007 05:38 PM
Last Updated: Apr 17, 2014 11:46 AM