The difference between winning and losing a global conflict can be found in the success of the intelligence professionals involved. One common thread in the work is secrecy: the federal government is perhaps the nation's largest employer, but the number of Central Intelligence Agency employees and their average salary is classified. Intelligence officers can also find rewarding careers in state and local police departments, border patrol agencies, and private companies.
Focused training for classified careers
Most federal government careers require at least a bachelor's degree from applicants. Intelligence studies degree programs blend technology, legal and procedural training to give students a fuller picture of how facts are gathered and interpreted. Intelligence studies courses could include training in public safety administration, foreign languages, data collection and information technology. Related degree programs can prepare students for careers as border patrol agents or emergency management professionals.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average federal wage for criminal investigators was $93,897 in 2009, while the average wage for border patrol agents was $59,594. The federal government's benefits package is a major bonus for government work. Employees have access to health and life insurance options, plus the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and transit subsidies.