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Signals Analysis is a cutting-edge technical discipline that seeks to identify the purpose, content, and user of signals. NSA's targets often communicate using advanced techniques that require the most sophisticated means to analyze, understand, and exploit.
With today's rapidly evolving global communications, NSA's signals analysts are seeking to recover, understand, and derive intelligence from all manner of foreign signals. As an example of this challenge, consider that hundreds or thousands of channels of mixed information types may be multiplexed together and transmitted digitally over a satellite or terrestrial link to form a single signal. Demodulating and unraveling the internal structure of such complex signals to recover their information content and related data, is one job of the signals analyst, offering unique satisfaction to the technically trained professional.
LEARNING THAT NEVER ENDS:
Applicants with backgrounds in computer science, mathematics, engineering, and related technical disciplines will find themselves at home in the world of signals analysis. Extensive in-house classroom and on-the-job training is offered to both new hires and experienced employees as part of their continuing career development. Job-related courses at local universities and through private industry are funded; some employees qualify for one of several programs of part-time or full-time study, while continuing to receive a full salary.
WHERE YOU GO FROM HERE:
Signals analysts can work indefinitely within the signals analysis career field which is recognized as one of the core technical areas that must be maintained in order for NSA to accomplish its mission. Some signals analysts choose to also develop skills and receive professional certification in other technical disciplines, such as signal collection or computer science. With ongoing training and experience, the signals analyst can progress either through the management or technical track to the highest levels of NSA employment. And if you want to use the latest in computing technology and laboratory signal measurement and test equipment, NSA is the place to be. A world leader in the use of high power workstations and supercomputers, NSA provides extensive facilities to its signals analysis workforce. NSA also develops many of its own hardware and software tools for signals analysis tasks.
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U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. A security clearance must be granted prior to employment and you will be required to undergo extensive pre-employment processing. This includes: aptitude testing; an interview with a psychologist and a security interview conducted with the aid of a polygraph; and a personnel interview. The final stage of processing will be successful completion of a background investigation.
Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
The NSA is committed to cultural diversity in its workplace.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer
About National Security Agency
The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies.
We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.
At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.