Well-qualified people in nearly all fields of study are valuable to the CIA. Because of the broad range of areas we cover to fulfill our mission, we have experts in many fields. The interaction of so many skilled people working together creates an energy that makes the CIA a special place to work.
Scientists, engineers, economists, analysts, language specialists, secretaries, accountants, and computer experts are just a sample of the professions constantly in demand at our offices. Many of our employees have master’s degrees and doctorates, making them some of the foremost experts in their field in the world today. We have a diverse range of needs at the CIA, which means we look for people from various educational backgrounds and experiences. Here’s a look at the interests and skills that make our employees successful in each of our divisions:
- National Clandestine Service
- Directorate of Science and Technology
- Directorate of Intelligence
- Directorate of Support
Our people in the NCS love to travel and they have a great curiosity about the world and its different cultures. They love to work with people from all over the world and they can adapt to any situation. They’re highly educated and highly motivated, and many of them can speak other languages. Members of the NCS are some of our country’s greatest patriots. They are courageous and disciplined and they do their jobs in anonymity, almost never receiving any public recognition despite doing their job well. Most of their rewards come from their peers who know how valuable they are to our national security.
Employees in the DS&T embrace technology. State-of-the-art inventions and cutting-edge technologies – that will one day be in the mainstream of society – are already in use here. The people in the DS&T love science and engineering, and they have a passion for utilizing their creativity through technology. Typically, DS&T employees like to see quick results and they thoroughly enjoy the impact they have on important international matters.
A DI analyst must have excellent writing and critical-thinking skills. They often work under pressure and on tight deadlines, typically thriving on the adrenaline these important tasks create. A late report here doesn’t mean a flunking grade; it means possibly endangering our country and her citizens. People that are good at puzzles or solving mysteries succeed in these jobs. DI people have poise under pressure, too, as they often brief important audiences in their area of expertise.
The DS attracts people who enjoy challenges, from artists to financial experts to multi-talented jacks-of-all-trades. People who like to learn new things and who have experience in a wide variety of tasks are most successful here. DS people can adapt to any situation anywhere and have confidence in their own ability to get the job done.