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CAREER OVERVIEW
Officers in the Information Technology Career Field plan, innovate, engineer, operate, maintain, protect and defend the Nation’s most critical infrastructure, networks and applications necessary to maintain decision advantage and meet national security objectives.
CAREER SPECIFICS
 

Officers in the IT Career Field manage, develop and deliver information technology systems and services. They assist in securing information from internal and external threats while enabling beneficial collaboration within our internal national security infrastructure.

Cybersecurity officers are responsible for a wide range of assignments and projects relative to information systems and security matters. They develop and implement activities designed to ensure, protect and restore IT systems, services and capabilities. This includes identifying and ensuring the integration of security into every phase of computer, network and telecommunications systems; testing technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems, networks and data; and promoting awareness of security issues among management and the workforce to ensure security principles are reflected in DIA’s vision and goals.

Officers in this specialty design, implement and maintain relational database management systems that support applications. Officers also collect, maintain, manage, interpret and analyze data received from internal data and external data sources. Officers specializing in data management may be responsible for overseeing operations of existing database management systems, troubleshooting errors and creating a process plan for all members of the database development team. Officers who serve as IT data scientists mine complex data and provide systems-related advice to spot trends, design new processes and build large, complex datasets.

Officers in this specialty develop, test, install, configure, troubleshoot and maintain computer hardware and software. IT engineer assignments may include application development and engineering, cloud computing storage, network engineering and systems engineering.

IT Mission Support officers serve in multiple capacities including strategic planning, capital planning and investment control, workforce planning, policy and standards development, resource management, and knowledge management. Their responsibilities include developing strategic plans and policies based on IT needs and operations; defining current and future IT businesses environments; and creating strategies for risk mitigation and contingency planning while directing and overseeing the project engineering team.

Officers in this specialty provide customer support and guidance on IT issues. They interpret IT policies, standards and guidelines; ensure optimal use of commercially available products; evaluate proposals for the acquisition of IT products or services; and participate in the planning, developing, implementation, operation and maintenance of current and future systems. Responsibilities include monitoring performance of systems, and performing diagnostics on system operations to identify problems and trends.

Candidates for positions in the Information Technology Career Field at DIA will take part in a comprehensive vetting process to ensure we are the right fit for your interests, work ethic and abilities. First, your application will be considered by a team of IT officers. If your resume is selected, you will be invited to take a writing test and interview with a diverse panel of hiring managers. After this, you will begin the security clearance process and enter our hiring pool. Based on your preferences and the needs of the Agency, new hires will receive position offers from DIA.