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Intelligence Analyst

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1-2 years post-secondary training

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What They Do

About This Career

Gathers, analyzes, or evaluates information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Uses intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Law Enforcement Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Prepares comprehensive written reports, presentations, maps, or charts, based on research, collection, and analysis of intelligence data.
  • Gathers, analyzes, correlates, or evaluates information from a variety of resources, such as law enforcement databases.
  • Validates known intelligence with data from other sources.
  • Analyzes intelligence data to identify patterns and trends in criminal activity.
  • Studies activities relating to narcotics, money laundering, gangs, auto theft rings, terrorism, or other national security threats.
  • Conducts presentations of analytic findings.
  • Gathers intelligence information by field observation, confidential information sources, or public records.
  • Establishes criminal profiles to aid in connecting criminal organizations with their members.
  • Predicts future gang, organized crime, or terrorist activity, using analyses of intelligence data.
  • Links or charts suspects to criminal organizations or events to determine activities and interrelationships.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Crime Analyst
  • Criminal Intelligence Analyst
  • Criminal Intelligence Specialist
  • Criminal Research Specialist
  • Intelligence Research Specialist
  • Anti-Terrorist Analyst
  • Crime and Intelligence Analyst
  • Investigative Research Specialist
  • Police Crime and Intelligence Analyst


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