Signals Intelligence Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Signals intelligence specialists oversee the collection and exploitation of electromagnetic signals, including communication and non-communication signals. They operate sophisticated equipment to gather, sort, and scan intercepted foreign communications and non-communications. They identify and process the intercepted signals and perform analysis to establish target identification and operational patterns. They then take this information and produce combat, strategic, and tactical intelligence reports.

Work Environment

Signals intelligence specialists work in offices on land and aboard ships, and in tents when in the field.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Signals Intelligence Specialists in the Military

53,716

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Salary

Average Salary

$60,720

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Education

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Signals intelligence specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Planning imagery and geospatial data from satellite and airborne systemsPreparing intelligence reports, maps, and chartsAnalyzing aerial, satellite, and radar imageryUsing computer systemsForeign language trainingTarget identification and operational patternsAnalyzing communications information using technical references

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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