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Signals Intelligence Officers

Intelligence, Combat and Readiness

Service Branches

Work Environment

Signals intelligence officers work in offices on land and aboard ships. They may work in the field on maneuvers and military exercises.

  • Military Status

    Officer

  • Average Military Salary

    $109,708

Overview

Intelligence officers who focus on signals intelligence oversee the collection and exploitation of electromagnetic signals, including communication and non-communication signals. They manage personnel and technical equipment engaged in intercepting, decoding, and analyzing communication traffic for content of possible intelligence value. These officers establish priorities of intercept missions for acquisition of desired data, and coordinate the work to carry out those missions.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming officer, here.

Job training for signals intelligence officers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to organize and manage activities
  • Ability to work with abstract problems
  • Interest in analyzing data and solving problems
  • Knowledge of communications technology