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Intelligence Officer

Collect and analyse information on people, places and events to help government or businesses make informed decisions.

Overview

Intelligence officers gather data and information and analyse it to develop a picture or understanding of a person or issue. Intelligence officers typically work for government agencies and their work helps operational planning and prevents threats or security breaches.

Work is in an office of a government agency or large corporation. Some personal risk can be expected when gathering evidence or information. Long or irregular hours and long periods away from home can be expected.

Suits people who can see patterns in information, have close attention to detail and skills in observation and problem solving. Strengths in communication, analysis and relationship building, and knowledge of politics, law and government are important.

Day-to-day

  • respond to organisational and client intelligence requirements
  • collect data and information; apply for evidence such as electronic surveillance records
  • decode data, statements, recordings and images then collate and analyse
  • compile intelligence information using briefings, maps, charts, reports and other methods
  • research the accuracy of data collected and ensure the reliability of sources
  • conduct threat and risk assessments and develop responses to identified risks
  • provide reports to businesses or governments on how to contain or manage threats.

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