DI analysts have a variety of assignment options available and can take on a range of different challenges as part of their growth and development. All new analysts spend four months in the Career Analyst Program, where they receive a grounding in analytic tradecraft and methods.

From there, analysts can consider a number of options to deepen their expertise as intelligence professionals—an overseas tour in an Embassy, an assignment on a different substantive area, or full-time language or academic training. In addition, analysts may consider assignments that broaden their knowledge of the intelligence business, such as a tour in a different part of CIA or in another agency within the Intelligence Community.

As an individual becomes more skilled in analytic tradecraft and builds substantive depth, assignment options include working at a policy agency, such as State Department or the Department of Defense. Officers have many opportunities to stretch their skills in more corporate assignments, such as teaching at the Kent School, working as a President’s Daily Brief editor or serving as a briefer to senior policymakers.

All analysts who choose a career in the Agency have the option of remaining in the analytical track or can choose a path that leads to management responsibilities. Both choices offer challenging opportunities and similar rewards in terms of advancement.

For more information, see Analytical Positions* on the full site.

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