Intelligence Analysts

Also called: Anti-Terrorist Analyst, CIA Agent (Central Intelligence Agency Agent), Counter Intelligence Agent, Counterintelligence Analyst, Crime Analyst

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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.

  • Prepare comprehensive written reports, presentations, maps, or charts based on research, collection, and analysis of intelligence data.
  • Gather, analyze, correlate, or evaluate information from a variety of resources, such as law enforcement databases.
  • Validate known intelligence with data from other sources.
  • Analyze intelligence data to identify patterns and trends in criminal activity.
  • Conduct presentations of analytic findings.
  • Study activities relating to narcotics, money laundering, gangs, auto theft rings, terrorism, or other national security threats.
  • Gather intelligence information by field observation, confidential information sources, or public records.
  • 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.
  • Link or chart suspects to criminal organizations or events to determine activities and interrelationships.
  • Evaluate records of communications, such as telephone calls, to plot activity and determine the size and location of criminal groups and members.
  • Collaborate with representatives from other government and intelligence organizations to share information or coordinate intelligence activities.
  • Design, use, or maintain databases and software applications, such as geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and artificial intelligence tools.
  • Study the assets of criminal suspects to determine the flow of money from or to targeted groups.
  • Interview, interrogate, or interact with witnesses or crime suspects to collect human intelligence.
  • Develop defense plans or tactics, using intelligence and other information.
  • Gather and evaluate information, using tools, such as aerial photographs, radar equipment, or sensitive radio equipment.
  • Operate cameras, radios, or other surveillance equipment to intercept communications or document activities.
  • Study communication code languages or foreign languages to translate intelligence.
  • Prepare plans to intercept foreign communications transmissions.
Work Context
  • Electronic Mail — 100% responded "Every day".
  • Telephone — 87% responded "Every day".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 96% responded "Every day".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 87% responded "Every day".
  • Spend Time Sitting — 74% responded "Continually or almost continually".
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 70% responded "Extremely important".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 57% responded "Extremely important".
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Work Activities
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Examine records or other types of data to investigate criminal activities.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Use databases to locate investigation details or other information.
  • Record information about suspects or criminals.
  • Examine records or other types of data to investigate criminal activities.
  • Examine records or other types of data to investigate criminal activities.
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Knowledge

English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Law and Government
  • Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Public Safety and Security
  • Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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Skills

Reading Comprehension
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Writing
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Speaking
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Abilities

Written Comprehension
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Inductive Reasoning
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Problem Sensitivity
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base management system software
  • Teradata Database Hot Technology
  • Relational database management software Hot Technology
  • Apache Hadoop Hot Technology
  • Apache Hive Hot Technology
  • Apache Pig Hot Technology
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Structured query language SQL Hot Technology
  • Amazon Web Services AWS software Hot Technology
  • Data entry software Hot Technology
  • Arrival Departure Information System ADIS
  • Automated Targeting System ATS
  • Bing
  • Refugee, Asylum and Parole System RAPS
  • Student and Exchange Visitor Information System SEVIS
  • Treasury Enforcement Communications System TECS
  • Thomson Reuters CLEAR
  • Computer Linked Application Information Management System CLAIMS
  • Telephone records software
  • Biometric Storage System BSS
  • IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook
  • Enforcement Case Tracking System ENFORCE
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
  • Consular Consolidated Database CCD
  • Palantir Intelligence
  • Google
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Education

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