Everyone has always wondered what it would be like to be a spy. Going undercover in foreign countries, meeting exotic lovers, setting off on insane adventures, helping out your country, and getting paid to do so.
you might think that life life of a secret agent is glamorous because of how Hollywood has portrayed it in every Bond movie, but you are sorely mistaken. If you feel you still want to be a spy after you read this, go right on ahead, we are rooting for you and your safety, and we’ll even tell you how you can follow your dream.
What does a CIA agent do?
Generally spies for the CIA are referred to as Operations Officers. They work in the clandestine service of the CIA under the Directorate of Operations. They work overseas in foreign countries. CIA agents are the human element of intelligence collection. They collect vital information on the ground. The kind of information satellites and computers can’t collect. They must be very good at international espionage and recruiting informants or spies native to the target country. They use these informants to gather pertinent information.
As you would’ve guessed its no easy task getting hired by the CIA. They are extremely selective.
- Bachelor’s degree with GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Under age 36
- U.S. citizen. If married, spouse must also be a citizen.
- Military Experience
- Proficiency in Middle Eastern or Asian languages
- Advanced degrees in business, physical sciences, international economics, mathematics, computer science, or psychology.
Want to Apply?
The application process can take up to a year or more. First you need to go to the CIA’s assessment career director at: https://www.cia.gov/careers. Review the clandestine service career selection. This will give you more information about current position openings. Then, submit your resume online for the position you desire.
What to Expect
The CIA will spy on you if they are interested in you. All of the skeletons in your closet will be found. They will do extensive background checks in order to uncover your past. So, if you have a former employer or ex girlfriend or boyfriend, you better play nice and mend burned bridges. You will also undergo several mental and physical examinations. Oh by the way, if you do drugs or have done recently, you might as well stop reading immediately and consider a different career. You will get drug tested and take an extensive polygraph interview.
If you get hired…
You will live in Washington D.C. making around $47,390 a year. Expect 1 to 3 years of extreme training before you are sent overseas. The training will be conducted at “The Farm,” the CIA’s secret training facility in Virginia. You will undergo military boot camp style training. You will also learn the spy craft in the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
Yes, it’s a tough to become a secret agent, but what did you expect? Good luck out there and if you do make it, thank you for protecting our country!