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Become A Signal Intelligence Analyst

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Working As A Signal Intelligence Analyst

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $124,880

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Signal Intelligence Analyst does

  • -Maintained a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Generated reports, incorporating analytical findings with intelligence information.
  • Performed fusion analysis of SIGINT products.
  • Enhanced the skills of target identification, intelligence collection and operational patterns.
  • Created Signals Intelligence products to update the Task Force commander daily on the current enemy situation and possible courses of action.
  • Audited the previous shift s materials to identify deficiencies in reporting and reported deficiencies to the commander.
  • Provided fused Signal Intelligence products to answer Priority Intelligence Requirements for Commander, United States Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command.
  • Assisted in the collection management process.
  • Produced combat, strategic and tactical intel reports.
  • -Identified targets and operational patterns in order to create target packages deliverable to high level leadership.
  • Processed 60% of all signals for a specialized mission at NSA Washington on a team of 10 individuals.
  • Awarded Good Conduct Medal (2011) and two Joint Service Achievement Medals (2011) 38.
  • Assist in the emplacement and recovery of surveillance systems.
  • -Prepared technical and tactical intelligence reports as well as briefings.
  • Gather, sort, and scan intercepted messages to isolate valid intelligence.
  • Disseminated information requiring highest degree of reporting accuracy and timeliness to DoD intelligence community, JCS, Unified and Specified Commanders.
  • Analyzed target orders of battle and tactics, techniques, and procedures.
  • Conducted necessary research alongside of intelligence collection.
  • Provided SIGINT information to Cryptologic Support Teams (CST) throughout the Iraq Theater.
  • Provided support to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions in area of responsibility.

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How To Become A Signal Intelligence Analyst

Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualification standards. A felony conviction or drug use may disqualify a candidate.


Police and detective applicants must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, although many federal agencies and some police departments require some college coursework or a college degree. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice, and agencies may offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these, or related, degrees. Knowledge of a foreign language is an asset in many federal agencies and geographical regions.

Fish and game wardens applying for federal jobs with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service typically need a college degree; and those applying to work for a state’s natural resources department often need a high school diploma or some college study in a related field, such as biology or natural resources management.

Federal agencies typically require a bachelor's degree. For example, FBI and DEA special agent applicants are often college graduates.

State and local agencies encourage applicants to continue their education after high school, by taking courses and training related to law enforcement. Many applicants for entry-level police jobs have taken some college classes, and a significant number are college graduates. Many community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice. Many agencies offer financial assistance to officers who pursue these or related degrees.


Candidates for appointment usually attend a training academy before becoming an officer. Training includes classroom instruction in state and local laws and constitutional law, civil rights, and police ethics. Recruits also receive training and supervised experience in areas such as patrol, traffic control, firearm use, self-defense, first aid, and emergency response.

Federal law enforcement agents undergo extensive training, usually at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, or at a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Detectives normally begin their careers as police officers before being promoted to detective.

FBI special agent applicants typically must have at least 3 years of professional work experience in areas ranging from computer science to accounting.

Other Experience

Some police departments have cadet programs for people interested in a career in law enforcement who do not yet meet age requirements for becoming an officer. These cadets do clerical work and attend classes until they reach the minimum age requirement and can apply for a position with the regular force. Military or police experience may be considered beneficial for potential cadets.

Cadet candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually be at least 21 years old, have a driver’s license, and meet specific physical qualifications. Applicants may have to pass physical exams of vision, hearing, strength, and agility, as well as written exams. Previous work or military experience is often seen as a plus. Candidates typically go through a series of interviews and may be asked to take lie detector and drug tests. A felony conviction may disqualify a candidate.


Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance. In large departments, promotion may enable an officer to become a detective or to specialize in one type of police work, such as working with juveniles.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Police, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to speak with people when gathering facts about a crime and to express details about a given incident in writing.

Empathy. Police officers need to understand the perspectives of a wide variety of people in their jurisdiction and have a willingness to help the public.

Good judgment. Police and detectives must be able to determine the best way to solve a wide array of problems quickly.

Leadership skills. Police officers must be comfortable with being a highly visible member of their community, as the public looks to them for assistance in emergency situations.

Perceptiveness. Officers, detectives, and fish and game wardens must be able to anticipate a person’s reactions and understand why people act a certain way.

Physical stamina. Officers and detectives must be in good physical shape, both to pass required tests for entry into the field, and to keep up with the daily rigors of the job.

Physical strength. Police officers must be strong enough to physically apprehend offenders.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Korean

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Italian

  • Persian

  • Dari

  • Carrier

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Vietnamese

  • Romanian

  • Mandarin

  • Igbo

  • Norwegian

  • Thai

  • Tagalog

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Top Signal Intelligence Analyst Skills

  1. Sigint
  2. Combat
  3. Secret Security Clearance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted various training courses including Warrior Skills Tasks, SIGINT Terminal Guidance, and intelligence tools and databases.
  • Operated multiple Signal Intelligence collection platforms in support of combat operations and Force Protection.
  • Maintained Top Secret Security Clearance with Secret Compartmentalized Information.
  • Performed detailed signals analysis to better reveal target communication nodes, structures, operating procedures, and mediums for additional exploitation.
  • Performed intermediate analysis of intercepted communications, Prepared technical and tactical intelligence reports.

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