Intelligence Analyst - GS 7/9 (external - All Us citizens)

Job Summary

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

About Us

At the FBI, intelligence is at the forefront of our efforts to protect our most important stakeholders: the American people. FBI Intelligence Analysts collect and gather information from a wide range of sources, draw conclusions and make actionable and strategic recommendations to key decision makers on a variety of threats and cases. Working collaboratively alongside Special Agents, Linguists, Computer Scientists and other investigative team members, Intelligence Analysts engage in work ranging from counterterrorism to organized crime, cyber, and beyond.

About You

You have a innate ability to piece together fragments of information from a variety of sources to craft an accurate account of a complex situation, threat, or case. You're a self-starter, able to dig deep and to spot details others might overlook. You're comfortable in many different situations – from briefing high-level executives to working with Special Agents to interview a victim on a case. You're collaborative, driven, analytical, organized, detail-oriented, adaptable, and, of course, a great writer.

As an FBI Intelligence Analyst, you'll play a critical role in the FBI's mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Becoming an FBI Intelligence Analyst is more than just a job, it's a career like no other.

Key Requirements

Core Employment Requirements for All Positions at the FBI

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance
  • Must be in compliance with the FBI Drug Policy

For more details about these core requirements, please review FBI Eligibility at

Additional Employment Requirements for the Intelligence Analyst Position

Once you have met all the core employment requirements noted above, you must meet the additional requirements for the Intelligence Analyst position.

IA applicants:

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree.
  • Must have one of the 2018 desired skills/educational backgrounds, and/or work experience listed
  • Must submit a complete application with all required documents
  • Must successfully pass a series of assessments, known as the IA Selection Process (IASP)
  • Must successfully pass all phases of the FBI Background Investigation, including a polygraph exam and a drug screening.
  • Must successfully complete the 12-week Intelligence Basic Field Training Course (BFTC) at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. This is a full-time in-residence program.
  • Must sign a mobility service agreement indicating your willingness to relocate to any field office, based on the needs of the FBI. The FBI will pay for your relocation to your new assignment.
  • Must adhere to the two year probationary period when hired

The IA Candidate Information Packet can also be found on on the Intelligence Analyst webpage.

Major Duties

Intelligence Analysts (IAs) at the FBI are on the front-line of protecting America's national security. As an IA you will:

  • Collect and combine disparate bits of information from a wide array of sources, such as local and national intelligence databases, as well as from information-sharing programs with local, state, federal, and international partners;
  • Use language, cultural, historical, and specialized knowledge to form an integrated picture of criminal, national security and public safety matters;
  • Gather and analyze collected intelligence to develop fact-based, actionable conclusions which you will draft into intelligence reports and briefing materials; and
  • Consolidate and analyze all relevant data to create and maintain awareness for your office/unit's area of responsibility and priority threats, including observed and potential threat components, indicators, and vulnerabilities discovered through your research.

Now more than ever, the global intelligence workforce must seamlessly combine their talents to protect the nation.

Location: At the FBI, flexibility is key. Intelligence Analysts must be prepared and willing to be assigned according to the needs of the Bureau. You must be willing to be placed in any of the FBI's 56 field offices or any Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

How do we select candidates for each location? The FBI will make final placements based on the best possible match for the needs of the Bureau. Final candidates will rank all 56 field offices in order of preference when they report to Quantico's Basic Field Training Course (BFTC). Please review the IA Candidate Information Packet for further details

Desired Skills, Educational Backgrounds, and/or Work Experience for 2018

The FBI welcomes individuals with all backgrounds, but we currently prefer individuals with the following specialized work or educational experience:

Cyber: When people say "cyber" or "tech", you perk up because you know they are talking about you and your skill set. You may have degree(s) or experience in computer forensics, computer engineering, information assurance/security, computer science, information science, programming, coding, ethical/white hat hacking, telecommunications security, encryption, data science, data analytics, social media analytics, information technology, virtualization software, open source applications, Microsoft technologies or wireless technologies. You are ready to apply these skills to the FBI's challenges.

National Security Studies: You are a student of the world, someone who loves learning about and analyzing people and cultures. You have studied or worked in counterterrorism, foreign affairs, international migration, international relations, political science, conflict mitigation, diplomacy or world religions (Middle Eastern and Islamic studies), and can combine your expertise with facts to create actionable, recommendations that will have a real impact with respect to the FBI's threats.

Foreign Area Study/Foreign Language skill: You may have been raised speaking a non-English language, taught it for a few years, or even participated in intensive learning before going overseas to use it. Maybe you spent time studying the history, politics and culture of those areas of the world. You know that your exposure to different cultures and languages can make a difference and have an impact. You have a degree in Middle Eastern, near East or Central Asian Studies and/or speak Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Pashtu, Russian, or Urdu.

Law: You are a law clerk, paralegal, or experienced lawyer who continuously seeks out new and creative ways to find relevant information and distill it into manageable and digestible analysis. You use your legal degree(s) and related experience working for NGOs/non-profits, and/or multinational businesses in general law, international law, or as a paralegal to do work that asks you to think of something bigger.

Qualifications and Evaluations

To be minimally qualified for this position applicants must have a Bachelor's degree. If your degree is not in one of the desired skills/fields listed in the chart above, you should have work experience in one of those identified areas, in addition to your degree.

New Intelligence Analysts enter the FBI at the Grade 7 (GS 7) or Grade 9 (GS 9), according to the Office of Personnel Management's general pay schedule.

To qualify for the Grade 7 (GS 7):

You must either;

Have completed a Bachelor's degree with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher to qualify under Superior Academic Achievement


Have completed one full year of graduate level education


Meet the definition of a Graduating Senior and you are expected to complete all degree requirements within nine months of application


Have completed a bachelor's degree outside of one of the designated fields of study AND at least one year of entry-level work in a field related to Cyber/STEM, national security, foreign area studies/foreign language, or law. Your entry-level work experience (equivalent to the Grade 5) must have included:

  • Working on a project or in a job where you had to collect information from various sources and make decisions based on requirements you were given
  • Communicating orally and in writing

GS 7 Salary

The base salary is $35,359 - $45,970 (does not include locality pay)

To qualify for the Grade 9 (GS 9):

All applicants must have either;

Have completed a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree


Have two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's degree or L.L.B. or JD


Have completed a master's degree outside of one of the designated fields of study AND at least one year of entry-level work in a field related to Cyber/STEM, national security, foreign area studies/foreign language, or law. Your entry-level work experience (equivalent to the Grade 7) must have included:

  • Working on a project or in a job where you had to collect information from various sources and make decisions based on requirements you were given
  • Demonstrating knowledge or research and analysis experience
  • Communicating orally and in writing

GS 9 Salary

The base salary is $43,251.00 - $56,229 (does not include locality pay)

  • Final locality pay will be applied after the determination of the final office assignment which is provided during the fifth week of Intelligence Analyst Basic Field Training in Quantico, VA. Final total salary is contingent upon assigned duty location.

Check out the OPM Pay Calculator to see locality pay for a specific geographic area.

IA Selection Process and Testing: The IA Selection Process (IASP) consists of two phases of testing, including computer-based tests focused on analytical thinking, logical reasoning, personal experiences and a writing assessment, and a third phase consisting of a structured interview, which will assess your oral communication, interpersonal skills, ability to organize and plan, and your ability to think analytically.

You can find additional Information regarding the testing and interview process in the IA Candidate Information Packet. The IA Candidate Information Packet can also be found on

Please note: Once you have passed any part of the IASP, you will not have to retake that portion should you fail a subsequent step. To be reconsidered, you will have to reapply to an open vacancy announcement and meet whatever qualifications are listed in that announcements (different skill sets, etc.) If you meet those qualifications, you will move forward to the portion of the IASP that you need to take next.

How To Apply

For detailed instructions related to applying, uploading documents, withdrawing an application or updating your application, please review instructions on How to Apply. If applying online is a hardship, please use the contact information listed below in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance

Required Documents

The required documents include:

  • A Resume (noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates)
  • A complete online assessment questionnaire
  • College transcript(s) (official or unofficial transcripts can be submitted), if qualifying based on education

For current or former federal employees:

  • Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal (if available). Please Note: This does not apply to current FBI employees

For Veterans; please attach your DD 214, and for Disabled Veterans, your DD214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later.

When completing the online questionnaire, you will be asked a series of questions related to the competencies listed below:

Analytical Thinking - Communication - Flexibility/Adaptability - Interpersonal Ability - Organizing & Planning

Some evidence of each one is required to be considered for the IA position. In addition to answering the questionnaire, please ensure that we can see some evidence of each competency in your resume. In most cases, when you describe your work, school, or volunteer experience, you will give an example of the kind of tasks you handled, the experience you had, or the problem you solved.

If you are deemed qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher in the questionnaire than what is supported by your application materials and items listed in your resume you may be excluded from consideration for the IA position.

Before you Apply

Before you click "Apply Now" and begin the application, we need you to carefully read the IA Candidate Information Packet. This information packet includes pertinent details about the process. If you don't read the packet, you will more likely make an error in application or testing that will knock you out of the IA application and selection process.

Additional Information

Conditional Job Offers: If you are deemed qualified, and have passed all IA testing phases you may receive a conditional job offer. Conditional Job offers are not guaranteed. You must successfully pass all phases of the FBI Background Investigation to be considered for a final job offer.

Reasonable Accommodation Request: The FBI welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. The FBI provides Reasonable Accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. If you believe you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodations please review more information at

Equal Employment Opportunity: The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit.

Nepotism: Nepotism is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative's appointment or promotion. During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Contact Us questions regarding this posting should be addressed to [email protected]

Who May Apply

This job posting is advertised for the FBI's 2018 hiring efforts. This vacancy is open to all qualified candidates within the United States and its territories. This posting will be used to fill multiple vacancies around the country. Your resume will remain active until you are otherwise notified.

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