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Intelligence Analysts

Achieve the Extraordinary

Our intelligence analysts work closely with special agents and partners throughout the Intelligence Community to consolidate valuable information into strategic, analytic intelligence. They are our first line of defense in identifying and understanding threats and vulnerabilities.


  • Generate intelligence products with significant impact
  • Engagement opportunities with local, state, territorial, and international partners
  • Extensive on-the-job career-enhancing training opportunities
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Intelligence analysts are critical to our ability to proactively mitigate risks. They analyze information and allow us to understand, mitigate, and neutralize threats. Intelligence analysts engage in work ranging from counterterrorism to organized crime, and beyond.

Job Duties

  • Analyze intelligence collected around the world in order to identify threats and make decisions.
  • Develop assessments based on all available information.​
  • Develop relationships, manage networks, and facilitate information sharing with contacts in the intelligence and law enforcement community.
  • Apply knowledge of a specific region's culture, history, and language to combat and stay ahead of threats.

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Intelligence Analyst Career Paths

All intelligence analysts must perform at least one of the five analytic or raw reporting functions listed below. As an intelligence analyst, you may be placed into a more specific role that has additional responsibilities.

Threat Analysis

Assess and communicate real-time analytic judgments regarding specific threats and intelligence gaps.

Collection Management

Enhance our intelligence collection capabilities and disseminate raw intelligence against priority collection requirements and intelligence gaps.

Domain Analysis

Consolidate comprehensive information into strategic analytic products that contextualize intelligence and enhance our understanding of threats, gaps, and vulnerabilities.

Targeting Analysis

Share collected information across teams that identify gaps while ensuring timely and accurate reporting of intelligence.​

Reports Officer

Report raw intelligence in a timely manner through various forms of media, documents, and general information to determine patterns.


Intelligence Analyst Careers

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Selection Process

We recruit and hire intelligence analysts at all career levels, from recent college graduates to experienced professionals. Education and experience requirements are different depending on the intelligence analyst role and position grade.

You will be evaluated against our Core Competencies throughout the process. These eight specialized traits represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities all of our employees are expected to cultivate and apply to their important work in fulfilling our mission.

IA Candidate Guide

Core Competencies

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Hiring Process

The hiring process consists of multiple phases which will assess your eligibility to perform the duties of an intelligence analyst.

Online Application

Submit an online application. Be prepared to answer questions about your specialized skills, professional experiences, and ability to support our mission.

Phase I Test

Phase I is conducted online and is a multiple-choice assessment of your analytic thinking, logical reasoning, and personal experiences.

Phase II Test

Phase II is a timed writing assessment that simulates the intelligence analyst’s role in reviewing intelligence and preparing intelligence products.

Phase III Interview

Phase III is a structured interview to assess your communication, analytic thinking, organization, planning, and interpersonal skills. 

Background Investigation

After successful completion of the Phase III Interview, you will be issued a Conditional Job Offer (CJO). Upon acceptance of the offer, you will undergo a thorough background investigation. 

The background investigation includes a Personnel Security Interview (PSI), polygraph examination, drug test, and fingerprinting. It also includes credit and arrest checks, interviews with associates and references, and verification of educational achievements.

Basic Field Training Course

Upon successful completion of the background investigation, you will be scheduled for a 12-week Basic Field Training Course (BFTC) at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, to begin training as New Intelligence Analyst Trainees (NIATs). 

The BFTC is designed to train new special agents and intelligence analysts together, preparing them for collaborative work in the field.

The Academy


Upon successful graduation of the BFTC, you will report to your assigned location. Please note that you will generally not be assigned to the office that processed your application. You will be assigned to a division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., or one of the 56 field offices located across the country. Intelligence analysts in field offices serve as part of the Intelligence Program.

Field Office Locations

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Related Opportunities


Professionals interested in data intelligence and forensics may also be interested in a STEM career with the FBI.


Special Agents

Intelligence professionals also have opportunities to experience a variety of careers within the FBI, including our special agent position.

Special Agents