Intelligence Analysts

Gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.

Median Annual Wage: $79,870

Education: Bachelor's degree (75%); Associate's degree (9%); High school diploma or equivalent (6%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Crime Analyst; Criminal Intelligence Analyst; Criminal Intelligence Analyst Supervisor; Criminal Intelligence Specialist; Criminal Research Specialist; Detective and Intelligence Analyst; Intelligence Analyst; Intelligence Officer; Intelligence Research Specialist; Supervisor Intelligence Analyst

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Intelligence Analysts.

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  • Gather, analyze, correlate, or evaluate information from a variety of resources, such as law enforcement databases.
  • Prepare comprehensive written reports, presentations, maps, or charts based on research, collection, and analysis of intelligence data.
  • Study activities relating to narcotics, money laundering, gangs, auto theft rings, terrorism, or other national security threats.
  • Collaborate with representatives from other government and intelligence organizations to share information or coordinate intelligence activities.
  • Link or chart suspects to criminal organizations or events to determine activities and interrelationships.
  • Gather intelligence information by field observation, confidential information sources, or public records.
  • Evaluate records of communications, such as telephone calls, to plot activity and determine the size and location of criminal groups and members.
  • Study the assets of criminal suspects to determine the flow of money from or to targeted groups.
  • Design, use, or maintain databases and software applications, such as geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and artificial intelligence tools.
  • Predict future gang, organized crime, or terrorist activity, using analyses of intelligence data.
  • Establish criminal profiles to aid in connecting criminal organizations with their members.
  • Gather and evaluate information, using tools such as aerial photographs, radar equipment, or sensitive radio equipment.
  • Interview, interrogate, or interact with witnesses or crime suspects to collect human intelligence.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Intelligence Analysts.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Intelligence Analysts.

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