How to become a Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence analysts evaluate information from a variety of classified and unclassified sources. This information is often incomplete, contradictory and can vary widely in terms of reliability. Depending on their background and qualifications, an intelligence analyst may examine a diverse set of countries, issues (such as terrorism) and cultures. Intelligence analysts working for the Department of Defence specialise in a number of areas depending on their training, qualifications and agency employment.

Personal requirements of a Intelligence Analyst

  • Excellent research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Ability to cope with the demands of working in a high pressure, classified environment
  • Australian citizenship

Education & Training for a Intelligence Analyst

To become an intelligence analyst you usually have to complete a degree in arts, science, commerce, information technology, engineering or a related field. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Additional Information
Entry into graduate programs with the Department of Defence requires applicants to undergo a security clearance. The level of clearance will depend on the graduate program. Visit their website for further information.
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