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You Will Need
- A Bachelor’s degree
- Fluency in a foreign language
- A completed application
- The ability to travel or relocate
- Successful test results and background checks
- Successful completion of the training program
Become familiar with job
Become familiar with an agent’s job responsibilities, including intelligence analysis, clandestine information gathering, language translation, science, and engineering.
Obtain college degree
Obtain a four-year degree. The CIA requires all agents to be in possession of at least one Bachelor’s degree.
Learn a foreign language
Learn a foreign language, such as Mandarin, Arabic, or Farsi. Agents who are fluent in these languages are always in high demand.
Complete online application
Complete your online career application at cia.gov. Be prepared to provide detailed information about your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Search for jobs and apply
Search for job openings at cia.gov and apply to jobs that you are interested in.
Be patient while the CIA processes your application. It takes time for the agency to validate the information you have provided and select candidates who are sufficiently qualified and meet their requirements.
Prepare for tests
Prepare for a series of rigorous physical, psychological, background, security, and intelligence tests.