NSA CULTURE

Where Intelligence Goes to Work

Intelligence. It's the ability to think abstractly. Challenge the unknown. Solve the impossible. And at NSA, it's about protecting the nation. A career at NSA offers the opportunity to work with the best, shape the course of the world and secure your own future. Isn't it time to put your intelligence to work?

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By its very nature, gathering and protecting intelligence requires a high degree of confidentiality. So, while we can’t share specifics about the job until after you’re hired, we can tell you that your intellect will be challenged and your career will be rewarding. You’ll work alongside the best and brightest minds to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. And those solutions often play a major role in shaping the course of world history. Where else can you go to work and say that at the end of every day?

NSA employs some of the most intelligent people in the intelligence business. We have to. We need brilliant people to gather and analyze foreign intelligence, protect our nation’s information systems, advance research, and solve a number of other challenges not found in the private sector.

We cultivate that brilliance by offering a collaborative and innovative work environment that values continual learning and development, so you may grow and excel both professionally and personally. Any time you want to change your work role and do something else in the agency, we encourage that, too, through cross-training and other professional development opportunities.

Imagine working with technology so advanced that it won’t become available to the commercial world for many years. Today, NSA conducts one of the U.S. government’s leading research and development programs.

Although we can’t share our current classified projects, we can give you a sense of how our previous R&D efforts are advancing society today. Take a look at the patented inventions and technologies that we currently make available to private sector industry, academia, local and state government through our Technology Transfer Program.

NSA headquarters is in Fort George G. Meade, Md., which is conveniently located midway between Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C. The Baltimore/D.C. area offers a wealth of cultural amenities and lifestyle advantages.

As an employee at our headquarters location, you’ll be within driving distance to sunny beaches as well as majestic mountains, and will have the opportunity to enjoy college and major league sports attractions. Our employees live along the Colonial-era streets of Annapolis and Georgetown; in the suburban surroundings of Columbia; near the excitement of Baltimore's Inner Harbor; along rolling hills adjacent to working farms; near the shores of the Chesapeake Bay; and amid the monumental history of Washington, D.C.

We also have locations in Augusta, Ga.; San Antonio, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Denver, Colo.

Field assignments away from NSA headquarters are available for many employees. Locations include overseas and U.S. sites, as well as local assignments in the Maryland/D.C./Northern Virginia area.