Career Opportunities

Make a difference in your career. Consider the global employment opportunities at the CIA. We're looking for a diversity of people for the important job of keeping America safe. This includes Clandestine Service Officers to be on the front line of human intelligence. Plus, individuals skilled in science, engineering, technology, analysis, foreign languages and administration for positions in the United States and overseas.

To begin the application process, visit the View All Career Opportunities* page on the full site.

Application Recommendations
Once you've chosen the position(s) you’d like to apply for, visit the Application Instructions* page on the full site for guidance.

Before You Apply
Please read the following sections carefully before you apply to the CIA. The information is designed to help you determine your qualification for the CIA.

  • Drug Use
    To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months.

  • Personal Integrity
    To safeguard the nation's most sensitive information, CIA officers must be highly reliable and trustworthy. To be selected for a position of such trust and responsibility, one must be granted a security clearance.

  • The Clearance Process
    The clearance process begins when you accept a conditional offer of employment from the Agency. It involves a thorough background check, a polygraph test, and a mental and physical examination. This process may take as little as two months or more than a year.

  • You Should Also Note
    Your responsibility to adhere to high standards of personal conduct does not end on the first day of employment. CIA employees undergo regular reinvestigations, including periodic polygraph examinations.

For more information, visit Application Process* on the full site.


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