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Civilian Jobs After Serving In Military Intelligence

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Finding Jobs in the Civilian Sector After a Career in Military Intelligence

Working in military intelligence while in the service can help you with your post-military career.

There are many different paths you can take after military life is over based on your skills and what you have learned during your time in the military. Here are 4 options for after-military careers if you worked in military intelligence.

Information Security Analyst

An information security analyst protects a company’s systems and networks. They are responsible for keeping important information safe from hackers and those who should not have access to it.

Your experience with signals intelligence and electronic warfare can be applied to this type of position. Computer and programming experience is important. Being able to work together with others and stay calm under pressure are also important skills to have for this type of job.

You must have a bachelor’s degree to be an information security analyst. Having a focus on a major that includes programming courses, courses in computer science, information technology, or a similar subject is ideal.

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Database Administrator

A database administrator creates and optimizes large-scale databases and ensures that only those with the right permissions can access any protected information. They are in charge of storing, organizing, presenting, using, and analyzing data and database management software.

While in military intelligence, you had to handle and deliver sensitive information, and you can use those skills in this civilian career. You would need to be highly trained in computers, and need to have a certificate or associate’s degree. Some employers would want you to have a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree. You could get employed by companies and organizations and maybe even may need to travel to different locations.


A detective collects evidence for criminal investigations, works with law enforcement, interviews suspects and witnesses, examine records, observes people, and takes part in making arrests.

Being a detective requires physical and mental fitness which you have gained during your time in the military, beyond investigative skills. You also have experience with high-stress situations and being in leadership. Different government agencies also like to hire veterans, which is why this career can be a good after-military choice.

A high school diploma is required, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or law enforcement might be required in certain places. Experience in law enforcement is usually also required depending on the employer. If you do want to become a detective, that might be the best way to do so.

Market Research Analyst

A Market Research Analyst would monitor a company’s market conditions, evaluate marketing campaigns and gather data on competitors and customers. They present their findings to management so they can understand how to help their company. They use statistics, surveys, and interviews as well as other data collecting methods.

You can use your strong communication skills as well as knowing how to analyze data to help you in this career path. Being detail-oriented is also important. To be a market research analyst you probably should have a bachelor’s degree but many also go on to get more advanced degrees and professional certificates. Taking classes in business, marketing, social sciences, math, economics, computer science, and statistics can all be a great idea. You can also get certification from the Marketing Research Association (MRA.)

About Military Intelligence

In the Army, there are several options for working in military intelligence, from being a Military Intelligence Officer MOS 35F to an Intelligence Analyst MOS 35F.

In the Navy, there are Intelligence Specialists and Intelligence Officers.  And in the Marine Corps, there is MOS 0231 Intelligence Specialist and MOS 0261 Geographic Intelligence.

For the Air Force, there is 1N Intelligence and the Coast Guard has the Intelligence Specialist career path.

When you are in military intelligence, you work to collect, interpret, and analyze information about the environment, culture, and tactical movements of enemies. Depending on the military branch and career path, they can specialize in imagery, all-source, counter, human, signals/electronic, or other military intelligence types.

You can find out about more post-military jobs on College Recon and information on going back to school, the GI Bill, and other military or veteran benefits.


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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, and blogger. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.