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How to Become a Successful Intelligence Analyst

BY: Career Advice | Category: Careers | Submitted: 2010-11-09 21:46:06
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Article Summary: "An intelligence analyst is a person who will be able to analyze the intelligence inputs and make conclusions. It is a high profile job..."


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An intelligence analyst is an important part of governments as well as organizations. They are also very important in the various intelligence units. In fact, many intelligence gathering organizations have more than one intelligence analyst. The person has a very important role as far as the deciphering of the intelligence information is concerned.

An intelligence analyst is a person who has to have certain traits in him. Other than that, the person should also be able to have contacts in the highest levels in the organization and the government so that the information that has been gathered and deciphered is transmitted to the right authorities for appropriate action.

The various traits that a person should have to become a successful intelligence analyst are as follows:

1. Analytical mind:

The person should have an analytical ability that is beyond normal ability. Many people who are in the intelligence community are involved in the gathering of intelligence information. On the other hand, as far as the deciphering of the information is concerned, the person is not able to get the information logically sequenced to create an outcome. The intelligence analyst is a person who has the capability to do all these things. The person will be able to analyze all the information that is in front and will be able to get the right conclusions from the information.

2. Conveying information:

The intelligence analyst should be a person who is a communicator. Since the person has analyzed the information and identified the presence of a threat to the security, the person should be able to convey the information adequately and appropriately. This needs a lot of communication skills from the person. If the person is not a good communicator, then the words that the person uses and the information that is passed on to other people may have too many assumptions that could lead to various problems. The report that has too few outcomes being deciphered will cause the security agency or the government to become complacent, which could increase the threat. To prevent this, the intelligence analyst should be able to get the right communication.

3. Tech savvy:

These days, the intelligence gathering has become a very serious job that has a lot of problems. The reason is the use of various high technology gadgets by the terrorists and the criminals. To make sure that the threat is identified rightly, the intelligence analyst has to be a tech savvy person so that all these threats are identified and deciphered too. This means that the person should not only be able to operate the gadgets, but be able to get the best use of the gadgets. So the intelligence analyst should be an expert in the business.

The intelligence analyst has a high profile job and the person has to make sure that through the talent that he has, the safety of the organization and even the whole country is ensured. This is a major role for an individual. There are various situations where the person will not be able to do anything because of the various hurdles that come in the way. In spite of all this, the intelligence analyst has to be spot on with the analysis and make sure that he is able to make the right predictions and is able to convey them effectively.

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