How to Become a FBI Intelligence Analyst

They utilize the latest technologies and analytical methods to decipher, parse, and prioritize key intelligence in order to provide strategic and tactical information to front line officers, operational commanders, and government policy and decision makers

Educational Requirements for FBI Intelligence Analysts

FBI Intelligence Analysts are recruited at all stages of their professional careers, from recent college graduate to seasoned law enforcement professional.  An n applicant with an undergraduate degree without any significant professional experience would enter the bureau at the GS-7 pay grade, while those with a master’s degree or higher is likely to enter at the GS-9 level.

An applicant with only an undergraduate degree must demonstrate superior academic achievement through a GPA higher than 3.0, membership in an honors society or class standing in the upper one-third of the graduating class. Those with significant experience in law enforcement or intelligence may be able to enter at the GS-11 level or higher.

The FBI recruits professionals from a wide range of academic and professional specialties including

  • Foreign languages
  • International studies
  • Scientific disciplines
  • Engineering
  • Information technology
  • Law enforcement
  • Finance
  • Political science
  • Terrorism studies
  • English

General Qualifications and Application Process

In addition to having significant academic and professional preparation, Intelligence Analysts must meet these basic qualifications

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a criminal history free from felony convictions
  • Not defaulted on a student loan backed by the U.S. government
  • Pass random drug tests

Applicants possessing these qualifications may submit their resume to the bureau. If approved, the applicant will be required to complete three testing and interview phases.

  1. Phase I requires the candidate to pass a computerized test evaluating logic, analytical thinking and personal experiences.
  2. Phase II is requires the applicant to analyze a sample of intelligence and produce a written report
  3. Phase III is the structured interview in which the applicant’s skills in oral communication, analytical reasoning, and interpersonal interaction are evaluated.

If approved, the candidate will receive a conditional Job Offer, which may be retracted if the candidate fails the following background test, drug test, medical evaluation, or polygraph.  A ten week training program at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA must be completed prior to final job posting.

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