Intelligence Analysts
SOC: 33-3021.06


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
116,700 employed

Projected (2024):
115,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Chief Investigator
  • CIA Agent (Central Intelligence Agency Agent)
  • Counter Intelligence Agent
  • Counterintelligence Analyst
  • Crime Analyst
  • Criminal Intelligence Analyst
  • Criminal Intelligence Analyst Supervisor
  • Criminal Intelligence Specialist
  • Criminal Research Specialist
  • Detective and Intelligence Analyst
  • Director Intelligence Analysis Programs
  • Director of Intelligence
  • Intel Analyst
  • Intelligence Agent
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Intelligence Group Supervisor
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Intelligence Research Specialist
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Investigative Research Specialist
  • Program Research Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Supervising Law Enforcement Analyst
  • Supervisor Intelligence Analyst

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Color copiers
  • Color laser printers
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital still cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Document scanners
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Multimedia presentation projectors
  • Plotting printers
  • Smart phones
  • Statistical calculators
  • Arrival Departure Information System ADIS
  • Automated Targeting System ATS
  • Bing
  • Biometric Storage System BSS
  • Computer Linked Application Information Management System CLAIMS
  • Consular Consolidated Database CCD
  • Data mining software
  • Data visualization software
  • Email software
  • Encryption software
  • Enforcement Case Tracking System ENFORCE
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Facebook
  • Flowcharting software
  • Google
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Graphics creation software
  • IBM i2 Analyst's Notebook
  • LexisNexis software
  • Link analysis software
  • LinkedIn
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Myspace
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle software
  • Palantir Intelligence
  • Photo enhancement software
  • Python
  • Refugee, Asylum and Parole System RAPS
  • Relational database management software
  • SAP software
  • SAS software
  • Statistical analysis software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Student and Exchange Visitor Information System SEVIS
  • Telephone analysis software
  • Telephone records software
  • Text mining software
  • Thomson Reuters CLEAR
  • Timeline software
  • Treasury Enforcement Communications System TECS
  • Web browser software

  • protective service

    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610