Intelligence Officer ... (Military - Officer)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directs the gathering and analysis of intelligence information needed for military planning. Often specializes in one area of intelligence, such as communications, signals, imagery, or combat.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Directs sea, ground, and aerial surveillance.
  • Integrates efforts to attack personnel, facilities, or equipment with the intent of degrading, neutralizing, or destroying enemy combat capability.
  • Exploits imagery and geospatial data from satellite and airborne systems in support of military operations.
  • Prepares, reviews, and approves investigative/operational reports of investigations and inspections.
  • Briefs commanders on intelligence findings.
  • Helps plan military missions including those involving electronic and psychological warfare.
  • Gathers and analyzes technical and human intelligence.
  • Oversees security investigations.
  • Provides technical expertise and manages activities during imagery interpretation activities.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel