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By: Abigail Chi, Writer

The Central Intelligence Agency, also known as the CIA, is a government funded agency designated to collect, research, and evaluate foreign information for the president and senior US policy makers to make educated and informed national security decisions.

With the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman, the Central Intelligence Agency was founded in 1947. The National Security Act also created a director of the Central Intelligence (DCI) to serve as head of the United States intelligence community and CIA. The DCI was also supposed to Report to the President of important Intelligence matters involving national security. The CIA interacts in research, deployment, high-leverage technology, and development.  As a separate agency, CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on topics of concern and also works closely with the other organizations in the Intelligence Community to make sure that the intelligence consumer—whether battlefield commander or Washington policymakers—receives the best intelligence possible.

The CIA creates special incorporative centers to address high-priority issues such as counterterrorism, international organized crime and drug trafficking nonproliferation, counterintelligence, and within reach controlled intelligence. They Make better connections with other intelligence collection disciplines and all-source analysis and they also participate in partnerships with other intelligence agencies in the areas of research, development and technical collection. The CIA provides intelligence on Foreign countries to the President to help the Government make smart decisions on national security issues.

People who want to apply for intelligence positions with the CIA may look for careers as:

  • Core collectors
  • Operations officers
  • Collection management officers
  • Staff operations officer
  • Specialized skills (targeting officer)

If you would like to become a CIA Agent you must meet the requirements of the Clandestine Service and Professional Trainee Programs. The Professional trainee programs for those with a Bachelor’s degree degree but no noteworthy experience. The Clandestine Service Program is for those with a Bachelor’s degree as well as several years of business or military experience. 

To apply for a CIA agent job you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have strong interpersonal skills
  • Have a powerful interest in international occurrence
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be able to write and speak clearly and accurately 

The Desirable qualifications for CIA Agent jobs:

  • Have an Experience living in different places
  • A sensitivity to other cultures and heritages
  • Experience of foreign lands and traveling abroad
  • Foreign language skill: For example, Arabic, Carri, Korean, Persian, Somali, Chinese, Indonesian, Pashto, Turkish, Urdu, and Kurdish

Bachelor’s degree of interest include:

  • International business
  • International relations
  • Economics
  • Biological engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Physical science
  • Nuclear science
  • Finance

People applying for CIA agent jobs with the National Clandestine must include their college transcripts and a one – page cover letter detailing why they are interested in an NCS career and what makes them different from other applicants. 

The application process to become a CIA agent Includes two personal interviews, a medical and psychological examination, a polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation.


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