What kind of work would I be doing as an intelligence analyst?

I've been thinking about joining a federal agency for some time now, whether it be DEA, FBI, CIA, or whatnot. As a college junior majoring in history, I was just wondering whether I'd be qualified for such a position, and what type of work it would entail. Is it necessarily of the same high-risk profession as seen in "NCIS" or "24" with all the office drama and intrigue, even if I'm not deployed on the field? And would having a career in the public sector be beneficial if I plan to go into public policy doing more analytical work?

Asked By: BravoTwoZero - 3/11/2010
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Most of the people you see on TV are special agents. So instead of being Tony Dinozzo you would be more like Abby minus the forensic science part. You would be analyzing intelligence reports that were created by the agents and analyzing it to put it into perspective. Intelligence analysts communicate with the field... More
Answered By: TheAnswerMan - 3/11/2010
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Haha. For someone who clearly comes across as intelligent and educated, you watch way too much TV.
Answered By: Rock Firestorm - 3/11/2010
You would spend your career sitting at a desk trawling through written reports, spreadsheets and the like. Research and analysis techniques are what is required as well as diligence and attention to detail. You can get that experience in most sectors although commercial operations generally require a greater level of... More
Answered By: simon172474 - 3/14/2010
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