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Intelligence Specialist (Government)

Overview: Intelligence specialists study and interpret reports and photographs produced by spy agents, satellites and sensing equipment. They assess the motivations, movement and strength of potential aggressive revolutionary or hostile forces and estimate the probability they will start a conflict.
Duties: They analyze and interpret reports prepared by spies and informers about plans and strength of hostile and aggressive countries or groups within a country.

They study satellite photographs of territories that potentially aggressive forces have settled to estimate the type & number of weapons they possess and the presence of modern missiles and planes.

They advise military and government intelligence executives about the need for further information about particular nations or hostile groups.

They study reports and photographs of civilian factories and laboratories that have the potential to produce missiles, bacteriological weapons, gases and nuclear weapons.

Degree(s): A.S./B.A. QCC/John Jay Dual/Joint Criminal Justice  
A.S. Criminal Justice 
Job Outlook: Employment of intelligent specialists in the government is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Demand will be especially strong for specialized workers in areas related to public health, information security, scientific research, law enforcement, and intelligence. Rapid growth will occur among information technology specialists who will be needed to devise defense methods, monitor computer networks, and execute security protocol.
Salary Range (National Average): $35,000 to $40,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Intelligence specialists are employees of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Applicants for this position should have a 4-year college degree, preferably in the criminal justice field, pass a written examination and graduate from a special training program for agents.
Recommended Skills:
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
Recommended Values:
  • Having duties which involve frequent physical, financial, or social risk taking.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.