Careers & Internships


Physical and Technical Security Officer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $57,703 – $96,970
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Physical and Technical Security Officer for the CIA, you will secure CIA facilities in unique and exciting environments around the world.  You will protect the CIA from terrorism and hostile foreign services by analyzing risks, securely constructing facilities, renovating facilities, accrediting secure work environments, and engineering, installing, integrating, and maintaining specialized security systems. You will have the opportunity to make a career out of working with the most secure security systems in the world while traveling to some of the most exotic places on the globe.

Regular domestic and overseas travel is required.

Offices of the CIA - Directorate of Support

The Directorate of Support (DS) provides everything the CIA needs to accomplish its critical mission of defending our nation. The DS provides business operations support to Agency components including all aspects of security, logistics, facilities, finance, education, medical services and human resources. Learn more about the Directorate of Support.

Life at CIA:

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events - as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

    • Associate's degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
      • Electronics
      • Engineering
      • Information Technology
      • Or, equivalent work experience in physical and technical security

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Installation, maintenance, and/or administration of IT systems
    • Programming (C, C++, Internet, Windows 3.X/95/NT applications development, interrupt processing/service routines, device drivers, RS-232 communication applications, Python, scripting, CISCO, Linux/Unix, Networking)
    • Locksmith
    • Voice/data communications (satellite, RF, wireless and telecommunications networks)
    • Anti-terrorism Force Protection
    • Installing and/or integrating security equipment to include:
      • Intrusion detection systems
      • Access control systems
      • CCTV systems
      • Vehicle barriers
      • High-security locking hardware
    • Mechanical or Electrical Engineering experience
    • Technical Security Countermeasures (TSCM)
    • TEMPEST experience (CTTA, CTP 1, CTP 2)
    • COMSEC

    The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

    • Resume
    • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position.  Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
    • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
    • Copies of any professional certifications


    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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    Application Instructions

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

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    Posted: Apr 21, 2007 06:38 PM
    Last Updated: Apr 20, 2018 11:34 AM