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Technical/Targeting Analyst

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $50,864 – $101,984*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level.

Do you have an aptitude for solving challenging puzzles? Are you able to focus on technical details while maintaining a "big picture" perspective? Do you enjoy writing and briefing on the important results of your work? The Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) is seeking candidates to serve as Technical/Targeting Analysts (TTA) and be part of a dynamic team that unites three disciplines--analysis, development and operations--to maximize our collection advantage.

As a TTA you will be a pivotal member of a mission that pioneers solutions that enable the DS&T to collect intelligence against our nation's highest priority threats in a global environment that is often hostile, fast-paced, and technologically savvy. We are looking for high-energy, intellectually curious individuals who thrive on tackling the most difficult all-source analytic efforts in support of cutting-edge operations using specialized, state-of-the-art tools and technologies. This work is increasingly complex and highly dynamic. It affords the successful candidate considerable opportunity to address high-profile intelligence issues and apply the full-range of analytic tradecraft to sophisticated, challenging worldwide DS&T missions. Concurrently the successful candidate will develop substantive expertise on terrorism, proliferation, cyber threats, narcotics trafficking and money laundering.

TTA positions involve research, critical thinking skills, as well as writing, and briefing both current and longer term intelligence studies to senior officials and to steer intelligence operations and exploit key data. Key to this work is being able to identify and assess the right entities and the right vulnerabilities and technology trends to enable new collection operations that answer critical intelligence issues. Doing it right requires strong analytic, research and investigative skills combined with ops sense and personal initiative and some technical expertise or aptitude. Opportunities exist for further professional development, to include assignments in other Agency offices, as well as, some overseas travel and occasional stateside travel. Discretion is a must and the capability to work with highly sensitive intelligence is required. Advanced training will be provided in telecommunications systems and capabilities as well as analytical tools and methodologies.

Opportunities may exist for domestic and foreign travel, technical and management training, and assignments in other offices in the CIA.


Minimum requirements for Technical Targeting Analyst positions in the DS&T include initiative, creativity, integrity, technical excellence, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ideal candidates have a self-starter attitude, the ability to work independently and in a group. Coupled with experience in complementary areas a minimum of a bachelor's degree (graduate degrees desired) in one of the below listed fields is required:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Econometrics
  • Engineering disciplines
  • Geospatial Modeling
  • Material Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

Applicants must also possess strong written and oral English communications skills. A GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is preferred.

Experience in one or more of the following areas will complement an above identified degree:

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Econometrics, Mathematical, or Geospatial Modeling
  • Gaming and Modeling
  • Mathematical Analysis
  • Statistical Operations Research
  • Survey Research, Design and Analysis

When applying to a Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T) position, attach to the online application the following:

  • A one page cover letter describing why you are interested in a DS&T career and what characteristics and experiences distinguish you from other applicants
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts for any school attended in the past 3 years

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.

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


Posted: Apr 21, 2007 05:39 PM
Last Updated: May 15, 2015 02:02 PM