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Competitive Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence analysis is the process of taking known information about situations and entities of strategic, operational, or tactical importance, characterizing the known, and, with appropriate statements of probability, the future actions in those situations and by those entities. The descriptions are drawn from what may only be available in the form of deliberately deceptive information; the analyst must correlate the similarities among deceptions and extract a common truth. This practice is found in its purest form inside intelligence agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States or the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, MI6) in the UK.  

Day to Day Duties:

Planning intelligence collection which may includes leading or participating in teams that question enemy soldiers or noncombatants for useful information. Analysts with a specialty in imagery intelligence plan operations that collect satellite information and footage from unmanned aerial vehicles.

  • Intelligence analysts are responsible for analyzing information that has been collected. The intelligence analysts pull together intelligence gathered from all the different sources (signal, human, imagery) to create an overall picture of enemy forces of domestic dangers.
  • Analysts also must prepare reports of their findings and conduct briefings. This is a crucial duty for intelligence analysts because it gets the information to the people who need it most.
  • Intelligence analysts also have a duty to maintain security. They are in charge of making sure classified documents are properly stored. They can also determine whether someone is eligible for a security clearance. Intelligence analysts often work with military law enforcement to ensure security of unit facilities, equipment and personnel.

Median Salary: $50,500-$85,500

Salary: Based on various websites and resources (ex. Salary.com, PayScale.com, and SalaryExpert.com). Specialty, gender, age, and location made a big difference in earnings.

Career Prospects:

According to the United States Department of Labor the intelligence community, as a whole has grown, since the events of 9/11. Experts suggest that intelligence agencies now devote more time to homeland security-related issues. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Terrorist Threat Integration Center, helps to coordinate intelligence data in one place.

Suggested Minors:

  • Computer Science
  • Military Science
  • Naval Science
  • Geographic Information Systems

Additional Courses to Enhance Skills:

Additional Computer Science, military science, naval science, geographic information systems courses

Alternate Job Titles:

  • Network Intelligence Analyst
  • Imagery Analyst
  • Intelligence Operations Collection Specialist

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