HOW WOULD I USE MY TECHNICAL DEGREE AS AN ANALYSIS OFFICER?
Analysis officers with technical degrees work in the Scientific and Technical Intelligence career specialty. Using their unique knowledge and skills, these officers analyze foreign weapons systems and capabilities to inform current military operations and assist the development of future U.S. weapon systems. They also warn of potential technical developments that may affect the future battlefield.
I HAVE A DEGREE IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND LIMITED EXPERIENCE WITH FOREIGN AFFAIRS. AM I A GOOD FIT TO BE AN ANALYST?
You certainly might be! We hope you apply, if you are interested. The Analysis Career Field benefits from curious minds and diverse perspectives. How you think is more important than what you know, so long as you’re excited to contribute, learn and grow as a professional. There are an array of ongoing training and educational opportunities at DIA that are integral to ensuring our Analysis officers are fully prepared with the knowledge and skills they need to do their jobs throughout their careers.
I HAVE EXTENSIVELY STUDIED A SPECIFIC REGION OF THE WORLD. HOW CAN I USE MY DEGREE IN MY CAREER?
Analysis officers are valued for their rich backgrounds and varied expertise that will be useful to them when conducting analysis on any topic, in any location. For example, if you are a Russia expert, your ability to distill information and understand a foreign government, culture and people will help inform your efforts in Africa, South America or any other region.
DO I NEED TO BE FLUENT IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE TO SERVE AS AN ANALYST?
While foreign language skills can certainly be useful in any Analysis officer position — particularly when deployed to a forward post in support of warfighters — there are no language requirements for Analysis officers at DIA. Over the course of your career at DIA, you may have the opportunity for language training, depending on the needs of the Agency.
DO I GET TO PICK MY FIRST ASSIGNMENT?
Depending on the needs of the Agency, we can’t guarantee that your first assignment will match your expressed preferences of subject matter or location — but we do our best to place you where you want to be. For future assignments, Analysis officers have access to a jobs database and can apply to open positions in coordination with their hiring managers.
WILL I HAVE THE CHANCE TO WORK ABROAD?
As a global agency, DIA encourages our Analysis officers to explore work opportunities at any of our locations around the world.