The National Security Agency employs a wide variety of cyber professionals to help protect and defend U.S. government IT systems, and to help exploit the intelligence of adversaries.
As our use of technologies grows exponentially, so do our country's vulnerabilities. Our national security depends on the stability and reliability of our communications infrastructure. The cyber threat to IT and national security systems has never been greater.
As a cyber professional at NSA, you will become a part of a tradition of excellence, poised to lead the nation in the protection of our country's national interests in cyberspace for years to come.
The Skills We Need
If you have a background in any of the following fields, consider a cyber career at NSA.
NSA's systems environment is a haven for computer scientists, with vast networks able to manipulate and analyze huge volumes of data at mind-boggling speeds. Your time will be spent solving problems, testing approaches and researching solutions. At NSA, you have the opportunity to maximize your knowledge, skills, initiative and your ability to learn and be imaginative.
Our computer scientists work in two major categories: development and support. Within these two categories, a multitude of jobs is available with NSA:
NSA offers some of the world's most demanding and exhilarating high-tech engineering challenges. Our entry-level engineers work with teams, meaning you'll be involved in multiple stages of a project, including requirements analysis, design, simulation, experimentation, benchwork, prototype development and testing, manufacturing and possibly field work. You'll be part of a multidisciplinary team made up of engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, analysts, contractors and other project members.
You may also be working in our microelectronics facility, including our Class 1,000 microelectronics assembly clean room. In this setting you will be working on such tasks as 3D integrated circuit assembly. You may also be involved in leading-edge integrated circuit design, package engineering, automated test engineering, product reliability and failure analysis.
Our dual track system affords you the opportunity to choose to expand your technical expertise or move toward a management role within NSA.
At the National Security Agency, intelligence analysis is the process of generating intelligence from data and information derived from foreign signals. Intelligence analysts are the agency's professionals whose research, analysis, and presentation of findings provide the most complete possible signals intelligence (SIGINT) picture. U.S. policymakers, military commanders, and other Intelligence Community organizations use SIGINT to assist in executive branch decisions and actions.
As an intelligence analyst, you may find yourself preparing written and oral assessments of current events based on the sophisticated collection, research, and analysis of both classified and unclassified information.
Intelligence analysts solve difficult technical problems, work independently in analysis and research, apply new techniques to solve analytic problems, demonstrate knowledge of the communications environment and technology trends of their targets and assess information to provide unique insight into target intentions unavailable from other intelligence disciplines.
This work requires interest in the relationships of history to current events, as well as knowledge of the geographic, social, economic and political issues that influence world events.
NSA mathematicians spend their days focusing on some of today's most distinctive challenges and problems. They apply number theory, group theory, finite field theory, linear algebra, probability theory, mathematical statistics, combinatorics and more. We encourage our mathematicians to participate in interdisciplinary assignments and train with professionals in such fields as computer science and signals analysis.
Your education is far from complete when you join NSA. Both formal and informal seminars are routinely organized among our scholars to study specific, timely, mathematics-related topics, while professional organizations sponsor regular discussions on issues of broader interest.
NSA mathematicians apply their skills to such tasks as: