Military 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. Using this information, they produce combat, strategic, and tactical intelligence reports.

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Work Environment

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

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Signals Intelligence Specialists in the Military

8,999

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Salary

Average Salary

$64,289

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 23%
  • Bachelor's degree 19%
  • Some college 14%
  • Associate's degree 14%
  • Post baccalaureate 14%
  • High school 4%
  • Master's degree 4%
  • First professional degree 4%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

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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Knowledge

  • Telecommunications
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
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