NGA CAREERS

NGA Careers: When You Want More Than A Job, You Want A Mission

Thank you for your interest in a career with the NGA. NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to warfighters, policymakers, intelligence professionals, and first responders.

Browse the career fields below to find your field of expertise, general qualifications and examples of specific positions.

If you have a background in any of the following fields, consider a GEOINT career at NGA.

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You enjoy transforming raw information into critical reports used to understand intelligence issues within the United States and abroad. Your quick mind can analyze complex situations under pressure. You have an aptitude for identifying intelligence gaps, evaluating information from multiple sources, monitoring trends and interpreting events related to particular countries or issues. Serve among best-in-class professionals on the front lines of the nation's defense. Collect, analyze and report intelligence that uncovers the intentions of foreign governments and non-state entities worldwide.

Education/Experience

  • Data Science and Analysis
  • History, Government or Political Science
  • Intelligence
  • International Affairs, International Relations or International Studies
  • Library Sciences or Information Sciences
  • National Security Studies
  • Science (e.g., Biology, Chemistry)

Example Positions

  • GEOINT Analyst (Imagery Intelligence)
    Tasks and exploits imagery to analyze military force structure, capabilities, intentions, vulnerabilities of adversaries and potential adversaries, weapons proliferation, emerging technologies and treaty monitoring.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Geospatial Analysis)
    Utilizes geographic information science and technology, spatial thinking, remote sensing, GIS, intelligence issues, and social and physical sciences to create information, characterize events, and discover relationships and trends.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Photogrammetric Image Science)
    Applies advanced techniques to measure precise dimensions or relative size of objects on imagery. Creates customized methodologies and products to address geospatial intelligence problems.

As an intelligence collector, your mission is to acquire the vital information needed to produce intelligence. You may live and work anywhere in the world. You may be asked to use your proficiency in a foreign language or to learn a new language. You must be able to establish and build interpersonal relationships. The arts of persuasion, negotiation, interviewing and problem solving will serve you well. The ability to work in ambiguous and unstructured situations is critical. Contribute to a unique mission by applying your exceptional interpersonal skills, high-level training and professional talents to the collection of intelligence.

Education/Experience

  • Applied Social Sciences
  • History, Government or Political Science
  • Intelligence
  • International Affairs/Relations/Studies
  • Library Sciences or Information Sciences
  • Social Sciences (e.g., Anthropology)

Example Positions

  • GEOINT Analyst (Source Strategies)
    Develops comprehensive multi-INT, multi-source strategies. Creates tasking and dissemination requirements; adjudicates requirements; analyzes and investigates collection performance; assesses and reports on end-to-end GEOINT system performance data.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Foundation Strategies)
    Manages tasking, collection, dissemination, and reporting-related functions. Supports all mapping, charting and geodesy global programs and products.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Persistent Operations)
    Specializes in the real-time execution of tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination of persistent GEOINT resources and data. Emphasis is placed on time-dominant assessment and reporting, sensor allocation and responsive collection capabilities of persistent GEOINT sensors.

You have a passion for foreign languages, and you have strong oral communication, written communication and critical thinking skills. You enjoy research, translation, transcription, reporting and analysis. Most of all, you understand the nuance of foreign language, its context, cultural overtones and regional dialects. Serve in a position where your contributions can have a positive effect on a global scale. The Intelligence Community has many opportunities for foreign language analysts.

Education/Experience

  • Foreign Language or Linguistics
  • History, Government or Political Science
  • Intelligence
  • International Affairs/Relations/Studies

Example Positions

  • GEOINT Analysts (Scientific Linguistics)
    Applies linguistics principles to problems encountered in the analysis and standardization of transliterated foreign geographic names. Collaborates with language experts to develop and implement consistent standardization policies. Researches country- and language-specific place-name issues and develops recommendations.

As a computer scientist in the Intelligence Community, you will solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions to storing, manipulating and presenting information. Successful candidates will know how to apply the theoretical models of computer science to complex system architecture and system software organization challenges. Apply your computer science expertise to projects that seek to create new standards for the transformation of information.

Education/Experience

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Networking and Security
  • Computer Networking or Information Assurance
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science or Computer Programming
  • Data Science & Analysis
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Information Assurance Certification
  • Information Technology or Information Systems

Example Positions

  • Web Engineer
    Translates NGA products, information and data into Web content for dissemination. Designs and develops software and services to tie applications together into workable systems; builds/maintains databases and information stores.
  • IT Operations Specialist
    Ensures delivery of recorded cable messages within established parameters and applicable security requirements. Performs all message system operations, responds to message switch system alarms and alerts, and resolves message flow problems.
  • IT Specialist (Applications Software)
    Analyzes customer and system requirements; evaluates alternative approaches; designs and develops solutions; and leads the testing and integration of new and modified solutions.

National security depends on technology as never before, and this dependence is growing at an ever increasing rate. As a cyber professional in the Intelligence Community, you will work as part of a team on the frontlines of defense against our cyber adversaries. The Intelligence Community needs cyber professionals with technical expertise and a driving desire to remain at the forefront of their field. Help protect national security interests as part of the world's most advanced team of cyber professionals.

Education/Experience

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Networking and Security
  • Computer Networking or Information Assurance
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Programming
  • Information Assurance Certification
  • Information Technology or Information Systems

Example Positions

  • Information Assurance (IA) Engineer
    Captures information security requirements and ensures that the requirements are integrated into IT component products and systems. Develops system concepts, contributes to the capability phase of the systems development life cycle, etc.
  • Information Systems Security Specialist
    Ensures that information systems security policies are implemented and maintained. Performs investigative triage and forensics; conducts investigations of unauthorized devices, equipment and security incidents; provides investigative support to federal law enforcement entities.
  • Technical Counterintelligence Officer
    Plans, organizes and directs Technical Surveillance Countermeasure operations. Uses best practices to detect and/or prevent technical penetration of specified areas. Mitigates foreign intelligence and terrorist threats affecting NGA personnel, technologies, infrastructure and capabilities.

As an engineering and physical science professional, you will use your skills to create the systems and tools that will be used to enhance the operation of intelligence. You will advise, administer and perform scientific projects, such as planning, designing and constructing specialized equipment, identifying and eliminating hazardous conditions and ensuring adherence to sound engineering and scientific standards and principles. The Intelligence Community offers multiple areas of focus for engineers, including computer, electrical, mechanical and structural, as well as a wide range of opportunities in the physical sciences including chemist, biologist and physicist. Apply your science and engineering skills to protecting the nation.

Education/Experience

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering (e.g., Electrical, Civil, Mechanical, Systems) or Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics or Applied Mathematical Sciences
  • Science (e.g., Biology, Chemistry)

Example Positions

  • GEOINT Analyst (Bathymetry)
    Receives, analyzes and deconflicts U.S. and foreign bathymetric data. Populates and maintains data and metadata in the bathymetry database, ensuring the accuracy of metadata pertaining to collection source platforms and depth recording devices.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Geodetic Survey)
    Solves 3-D geodetic and astronomic positional problems; determines geodetic and astronomic azimuths; and measures fluctuations and accelerations in the Earth's magnetic and gravity fields. Serves as NGA's primary ground-based data collector, and uses geodetic and geophysical survey equipment to support data acquisition.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Cartography)
    Acquires, analyzes, compiles, evaluates and reviews geospatial data; ensures the quality, accuracy and currency of geospatial information.

When many just see numbers, you see new possibilities. You know how to design and analyze complex algorithms; work on interdisciplinary teams to help co-workers tackle complex mathematical problems and express difficult cryptographic problems in mathematical terms. You are educated and well versed in one or more of the following: number theory, group theory, finite field theory, linear algebra, probability theory, mathematical statistics or combinatorics. Join the Intelligence Community, expand your experience and put your skills to work for the good of the nation.

Education/Experience

  • Data Science & Analysis
  • Mathematics or Applied Mathematical Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics

Example Positions

  • GEOINT Analyst (Analytic Methodologist)
    Applies mathematical techniques for spatio-temporal analysis. Educates management and analysts in quantitative methods as they apply to GEOINT analysis.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Data Science)
    Identifies, collects, processes and analyzes large volumes of data to build and enhance GEOINT processes and systems. Conducts data mining and retrieval, and applies statistical and mathematical analyses to identify trends, solve analytical problems and gather intelligence.

As a professional in a business role, you make the business of intelligence run like clockwork. You are part of a team that supports an internal infrastructure that may be as large as the top Fortune 500 companies. You formulate and execute budget resources, develop and allocate manpower resources and even provide guidance on implementing policy on cost, finance and accounting. Start a career where you become a steward of taxpayer dollars, seeking the greatest return that money can provide: a superior intelligence service for the safety and security of our nation.

Education/Experience

  • Accounting
  • Finance or Economics
  • Business Administration or Business Management
  • Business

Example Positions

  • Budget Analyst
    Formulates, analyzes, presents, defends, communicates and executes NGA's financial program. Provides financial analysis, guidance and advice to customers.
  • Accountant
    Performs accounting and financial processes and transactions related to recording and reporting NGA's financial activity. Reviews financial and accounting results to ensure quality, accuracy and compliance with appropriate legal, regulatory and procedural requirements.
  • Finance Analyst
    Researches financial issues. Provides regulatory and procedural guidance to customers. Processes financial transactions; prepares vouchers to authorize payment; issues checks or electronic payments; certifies availability and accountability of funds.

As an inspection, investigation and compliance professional, you will support national security by ensuring proper adherence to all appropriate standards, rules and regulations. Inspection professionals examine a wide variety of facilities, equipment and procedures to ensure compliance to standards and make recommendations for improvement. Investigation professionals conduct detailed investigations to ensure adherence to standards, rules and regulations, ranging from employment suitability to performing independent reviews of personnel-related incidents. Compliance professionals review numerous processes and procedures to ensure that all efforts adhere to the appropriate standards, rules and regulations. Bring your strong sense for rules and regulations to the Intelligence Community to keep national operations running by the book.

Education/Experience

  • Criminology or Criminal Justice
  • Law or Legal Support
  • Physical Security

Example Positions

  • Administrative Investigator
    Conducts investigations and inquiries and prepares reports. Functions as the liaison with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and other federal investigative agencies. Conducts fraud awareness and prevention briefings.
  • Inspector
    Performs inspections, evaluations and reviews of agency policy, programs and operations. Inspectors gather and analyze information, identify areas for improvement, draft findings and recommendations and prepare reports.
  • Financial Auditor
    Provides independent assessments of, and reasonable assurance about, whether an entity's reported financial conditions, results, and use of resources are presented fairly in accordance with recognized criteria. Gathers and analyzes information, drafts findings and recommendations, and prepares reports in according with NGA OIG written guidance and GAO auditing standards.

The Intelligence Community operates in an extremely complex arena that is governed by international and domestic laws, rules, regulations and standards. As a law and legal service professional, you will advise leadership and mission professionals on legal issues associated with intelligence operations. You will use your knowledge of the law and applicable standards, rules and regulations to advise IC leadership and guide policymakers on the legal issues facing the IC today and in the future. Bring your legal training and skills to the Intelligence Community for a career in the law like no other.

Education/Experience

  • Bar Membership
  • Criminology or Criminal Justice
  • Law or Legal Support
  • Paralegal Certification

Example Positions

  • Attorney
    Ascertains facts, analyzes issues, applies legal authorities, renders opinions, and advocates agency positions. Attorneys work cooperatively within NGA and the Intelligence Community. Attorneys perform legal research and writing, counsel clients and represent NGA.
  • Paralegal Specialist
    Subject to the oversight of an attorney, these specialists perform legal research and writing, counsel clients and support litigation. They manage the day-to-day operations of NGA programs and the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Law Clerk
    Ascertains facts, analyzes issues, performs legal research, and prepares legal opinions with attorney oversight.

The Intelligence Community is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our employees and their families around the globe. As a medical professional in the IC, you will perform a wide variety of functions, including medical evaluations, laboratory analyses and even pharmaceutical care. Likewise, our occupational health professionals ensure that the conditions in which our employees work are safe and will not adversely affect well-being. You will perform a variety of functions, including evaluating work spaces to ensure conditions meet health and efficiency standards and amending issues that negatively impact an employee's health or ability to work. This includes the provision of counseling services to employees and family members in need of assistance. Join the Intelligence Community and take care of the people who take care of the nation.

Education/Experience

  • Environmental Health or Industrial Hygiene
  • Health Care or Medicine
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Licensed Pharmacist
  • Licensed Physician
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Psychology or Psychological Services
  • Registered Nurse

Example Positions

  • Clinical Psychologist
    Provides behavioral science and health-related services. Conducts evaluations to assess the psychological suitability of applicants/employees to carry out targeted assignments; supports counterintelligence and insider threat initiatives.
  • Medical Advisor
    Serves as primary point of contact employee health and occupational medicine. Develops medical policy and protocol; evaluates and responds to health needs; manages issues related to medical personnel; and coordinates medical services across NGA's operational locations.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
    Promotes a healthy and safe workplace by ensuring that the NGA meets legal and regulatory requirements, and implements best practices. Oversees implementation of NGA's Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) program through field visits, program reviews, data analysis and measurement.

While the Intelligence Community works to protect the nation, you work to protect the Intelligence Community. If you have a knack for finding clues that uncover hidden truths, you could work in the area of personnel security, evaluating the character, background and history of employees and applicants. Or you could apply your law enforcement skills to provide counterterrorism and force protection, critical incident management, and vehicle, facility and material security inspections.

Education/Experience

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Criminology or Criminal Justice
  • DoD Polygraph Institute Continuing Education Certificate
  • Military Service
  • Physical Security

Example Positions

  • Police Officer
    Maintains law and order, and investigates accidents, criminal activity and misconduct. Provides emergency response and protective measures. Conducts patrols, searches, interviews and briefings; prevents and detects violations; and prepares reports.
  • Physical Security Specialist
    Provides physical protection of worldwide NGA assets (e.g., people, information, facilities and equipment). Ensures the construction and implementation of secure environments that protect classified information, and develops policies to support protective measures.
  • Police Officer (K9)
    Provides explosive detection for government personnel and property, and ensures the 24-hour care and training of his/her canine. Maintains law and order, investigates accidents, criminal activity and misconduct. Provides emergency response and conducts patrols, searches, interviews and briefings.

Intelligence Community employees operate in a high risk, high stress and high reward environment. As such, the IC is committed to investing in its most valuable source of capital – its employees. As a human resource professional, you may get involved in all aspects of human resource management, including recruitment and job placement, employee benefits, compengation, job design, performance management and professional development. Human resources professionals are trusted, strategic partners who work with the mission and are a vital part of the IC. Play a key role in the development of the world's most advanced intelligence workforce.

Education/Experience

  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Business Administration or Business Management
  • History, Government or Political Science
  • Human Resources or Human Capital Management
  • Law or Legal Support
  • Psychology or Psychological Services
  • Social Sciences (e.g., Anthropology)
  • Support Services

Example Positions

  • HR Specialist
    Applies a range of concepts, laws, regulations, policies and practices to provide HR services. Gathers and analyzes data to examine issues, concerns or inquiries, and develops and recommends solutions.
  • Workforce Analyst
    Interprets human capital data and trends to ensure a mission-ready workforce. Analyzes secondary data, develops and maintains a balanced manpower plan, and forecasts changing human capital requirements based on the evolving mission.
  • EEO/Diversity Management Specialist
    Plans and leads EEO and diversity programs, teams and activities. Provides guidance on EEO and diversity issues, including identifying barriers to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, and leads efforts to eliminate or mitigate identified barriers.

You enjoy helping people learn and grow. You have the skills to use state-of-the-art methods to develop and administer training courses and curricula that address the developmental needs of all employees. A career in training and intelligence may be in your future. In addition to creating and presenting new courses, you will constantly review course content to ensure that our programs are up-to-date, and that we are creating a learning environment that is conducive to the success of each learner. Keep each member of our workforce on the forefront of his or her chosen field with a fulfilling career in education and training.

Education/Experience

  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Education, Training or Instructional Design
  • Human Resources or Human Capital Management
  • Social Sciences (e.g., Anthropology)
  • Support Services

Example Positions

  • Instructor
    Assesses, produces and sustains learning solutions in a classroom, lab or distance learning context. Teaches course content, facilitates discussions, evaluates learning and provides learner feedback. May oversee the development or modification of materials.
  • Instructional Systems Designer
    Develops learning strategies and solutions. Analyzes performance gaps, determines learning needs, and designs and develops optimal learning strategies and solutions. May also lead instructional development projects.
  • Training and Education Officer
    Oversees and leads initiatives to meet workforce development goals. Education officers advise leadership on the development, implementation and maintenance of learning strategies and solutions to address current and future workforce needs.

General administrative support professionals provide support to all key aspects of our mission. You will work closely with strategic and tactical leaders, manage projects and serve in staff officer positions. Apply your skills to help the Intelligence Community protect national interests around the globe.

Education/Experience

  • Social Sciences (e.g., Anthropology)
  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Support Services

Example Positions

  • Staff Officer
    Requires vision, leadership and proficiency in developing, explaining and implementing policy. Problem identification, analysis and resolution are key. Develops pertinent information and communicates it to varied audiences in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Program Officer
    Manages or oversees specific programs. Researches, develops, interprets and implements policies. Develops reports or training and advises NGA personnel on program-related issues such as budget, schedules and metrics.
  • Chief of Staff
    Provides direct administrative and technical staff support to senior-level leaders. Anticipates and keeps senior leaders apprised of high priority issues, requirements and developments.

Clear and compelling communication products are your specialty. Working in words or images, online or print, you know how to articulate ideas and craft communication products that tell a story. Whether your specialty is visual communication, writing, editing or web development, you have the opportunity to facilitate internal or external communication to achieve its intended effects. Become a part of a team that is in charge of communicating vital information to multiple audiences. Join the Intelligence Community as a communications expert.

Education/Experience

  • Communications, Public Affairs, Journalism or Marketing
  • Digital Image Technician Apprentice
  • History, Government or Political Science
  • Publishing
  • Support Services
  • Theater/Arts/Art Design
  • Video Production

Example Positions

  • Public Affairs Officer
    Develops and executes integrated communication plans, media and community relations programs, and internal and external engagements with NGA leadership. Produces articles, video news, public displays, Internet sites and intranet sites. Facilitates internal and external communication.
  • Visual Information Specialist
    Designs and produces geospatial information products, publications, brochures and Web pages. Applies design principles to create or enhance visual materials and to visually communicate concepts or ideas.
  • Editor
    Reviews, edits, and produces documents in accordance with language, style, publication, format, presentation, classification and sourcing standards. Corrects documents and provides guidance to ensure accuracy, completeness, clarity, etc. Editors also write reports, briefings, articles and procedures.

If you specialize in designing and maintaining facilities and infrastructure, the Intelligence Community offers a wealth of opportunity. You work on a team that performs facilities designs and technical service in support of the intelligence mission. Designing physical facilities, preparing engineering calculations and drawings, analyzing HVAC, air distribution and piping systems – these are just some of the opportunities available in the Intelligence Community. Start or continue a career where the facilities are specialized to meet a critical mission.

Education/Experience

  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • Engineering (e.g., Electrical, Civil, Mechanical, Systems) or Physical Sciences
  • Environmental Health or Industrial Hygiene
  • Facilities or Facilities Management
  • Operations or Logistics
  • Prepress Technical Apprentice

Example Positions

  • Logistics Officer
    Analyzes and coordinates logistical functions for NGA facilities, equipment sites and globally deployed resources. Plans, organizes and executes supply chain management, contracts, cost analysis, asset management, fleet management and transportation-related activities.
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
    Promotes a pollution-free, sustainable environment by ensuring agency compliance with environmental regulations, laws and relevant best practices. Manages and implements programs regarding air pollution, wastewater, hazardous waste, community right-to-know, environmental impact and sustainability.
  • Installation Management Program Officer
    Manages programs, coordinates facility operations and provides customer support. Manages construction, design, operations and maintenance contracts. Performs space planning and technical studies and analysis.

The NGA Acquisition Workforce provides critical support to the Agency's mission and leads the implementation of innovative and cutting edge capabilities. Acquisition professionals perform as Program Managers, Contract officers, IT specialist, Systems Engineers, R&D scientists, Facilities Engineers and Business Support specialists. NGA Acquisition professionals are part of the larger DoD Acquisition Workforce and must achieve certification standards through training at Defense Acquisition University, demonstrated performance on task, experience, and continuous learning that is supported by the agency and DoD funding. Certifications enable an acquisition professional to be competitive for other acquisition work across DoD and the IC.