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Intelligence Analyst  What They Do

Just the Facts


Gathers, analyzes, or evaluates information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Uses intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Validates known intelligence with data from other sources.
  • Gathers, analyzes, correlates, or evaluates information from a variety of resources, such as law enforcement databases.
  • Prepares comprehensive written reports, presentations, maps, or charts based on research, collection, and analysis of intelligence data.
  • Studies activities relating to narcotics, money laundering, gangs, auto theft rings, terrorism, or other national security threats.
  • Collaborates with representatives from other government and intelligence organizations to share information or coordinate intelligence activities.
  • Evaluates records of communications, such as telephone calls, to plot activity and determine the size and location of criminal groups and members.
  • Gathers intelligence information by field observation, confidential information sources, or public records.
  • Links or charts suspects to criminal organizations or events to determine activities and interrelationships.
  • Studies the assets of criminal suspects to determine the flow of money from or to targeted groups.
  • Designs, uses, or maintains databases and software applications, such as geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and artificial intelligence tools.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Intelligence Officer --
  • Intelligence Research Specialist --
  • Crime Analyst --
  • Criminal Intelligence Specialist --
  • Criminal Research Specialist --
  • Detective and Intelligence Analyst --