How to become a Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence analysts evaluate information from a variety of classified and unclassified sources. This information is often incomplete, contradictory and can vary widely in terms of reliability. Depending on their background and qualifications, an intelligence analyst may examine a diverse set of countries, issues (such as terrorism) and cultures. Intelligence analysts working for the Department of Defence specialise in a number of areas depending on their training, qualifications and agency employment.

Personal requirements of a Intelligence Analyst

  • Excellent research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Ability to cope with the demands of working in a high pressure, classified environment
  • Australian citizenship

Education & Training for a Intelligence Analyst

To become an intelligence analyst you usually have to complete a degree in arts, science, commerce, information technology, engineering or a related field. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Additional Information

Entry into graduate programs with the Department of Defence requires applicants to undergo a security clearance. The level of clearance will depend on the graduate program. Visit their website for further information.

Duties & Tasks of a Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence analysts:

  • collect and analyse various sources of intelligence to determine trends and make assessments
  • prepare intelligence reports and briefs to inform senior government officials
  • translate foreign language material
  • communicate and cooperate closely with both military and civilian organisations.

Employment Opportunities for a Intelligence Analyst

Graduate positions with the Department of Defence are based in Canberra, with limited positions also available in Bendigo, Victoria. Recruitment is conducted Australia-wide with applications opening in February each year. Positions may also be available with other agencies, including the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS). Other opportunities include employment as an Army Intelligence Analyst with the Australian Defence Force to provide intelligence and tactical support to military commanders.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 29.4%

NSW NSW 20.8%

NT NT 1.6%

QLD QLD 11.4%

SA SA 9.6%

TAS TAS 0.9%

VIC VIC 20.9%

WA WA 5.4%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 39.8%

Female 60.2%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 7.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 38.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 46.7%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.4%

20-24 - 2.4%

25-34 - 32.3%

35-44 - 29.2%

45-54 - 23.7%

55-59 - 7.8%

60-64 - 3.2%

65 and Over - 1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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