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					In 2009, CNNMoney.com ranked intelligence analysts as having the 9th best job in
America. People with these intelligence jobs gave their work 鈥淎鈥檚鈥?for
personal satisfaction, benefit to society, and future growth. The two drawbacks were
not being able to vent about your job outside work and high stress. If you can keep a
secret and work well under pressure, however; this exciting and potentially lucrative
career may be just right for you.
  Intelligence analysts that work for the federal government gather and analyze data to
aid in the creation of military strategies and national policies. People with foreign
language skills are highly sought after, as are those with military experience. As with
most intelligence jobs, a security clearance is required. More specifically, a few of the
tasks you can expect to perform as an intelligence analyst within the intelligence
community include:
  Predicting future terrorist activity using analyses of intelligence data. Designing,
using, or maintaining databases, such as geographic information systems (GIS)
mapping. Preparing written reports and presentations based on research, collection,
and analysis of intelligence data. Evaluating information that was gathered using tools
such as aerial photographs or radar equipment. Developing defense strategies using
intelligence. Validating known intelligence with data from other sources.
  Intelligence jobs in analysis are not only found with the federal government. Many
state, county, and city law enforcement agencies also hire intelligence analysts to help
solve crimes. These professionals perform tasks that are related more to crime than
national security. Some examples are: Establishing criminal profiles to aid in
connecting criminal organizations with their members. Evaluating communication
records, such as telephone calls, to determine the size and location of criminal groups
and members. Analyzing and correlating information from a variety of resources, such
as law enforcement databases. Linking suspects to criminal organizations or events to
determine activities and interrelationships. Studying the assets of criminal suspects to
determine the flow of money from or to targeted groups. Interviewing, interrogating,
or interacting with witnesses or crime suspects to collect human intelligence.
  If these work activities do not appeal to you, there are many other intelligence jobs
available at the 17 different agencies and departments that make up the intelligence
community, as well as law enforcement. There are also hundreds of companies that
have contracts to perform various intelligence jobs. Other main categories of careers
in intelligence include science and technology, intelligence collection, information
technology, acquisitions and financial management, and security.
  Even though there is such a variety of intelligence jobs, they all share common skills
and ideology. For this reason, an intelligence studies degree can greatly increase your
job prospects regardless of which intelligence career you are pursuing. Depending on
where you are in your career and what your end goal is, colleges offer intelligence
studies programs at all degree levels. Some schools even offer the convenience of
online learning so that you can earn a degree at home according to your schedule.
  Many intelligence studies programs also allow you to choose emphasis areas so you
can tailor your degree to a particular intelligence career. Examples of possible
subjects are collection management, intel operations, analysis, and counterterrorism.
The majority of intelligence studies degrees, however, have core components that they
share. For instance, expect to learn about the history of intelligence, the intelligence
cycle, and how to write an intelligence report.
 Intelligence jobs may seem out of reach to a lot of people, but with the right
education, you will gain the confidence and knowledge to enter the intelligence
industry and succeed. An intelligence studies degree can provide you with a solid
foundation to build a rewarding career in intelligence.One day you too can have one
of the best jobs in America.

				
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