What does an Intelligence Officer do?

Intelligence officers provide an essential service for national defense by developing and executing plans, policies, and procedures that facilitate intelligence function; they are experts on intelligence disciplines and their applications across the spectrum of military operations. Intelligence officers specialize in one form of intelligence, including image signals or human intelligence. They use the information on potential threats to recommend the best tactical decisions for the situation at hand.

Intelligence officers brief and distribute intelligence summaries on world events and threat analysis, conduct inspections, and evaluate reports on safety standards and regulation checklists for companies. Intelligence officers need a four-year degree and to have completed classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. They must complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Intelligence Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£32,365 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £32K
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Intelligence Officer Career Path

Learn how to become an Intelligence Officer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Intelligence Officer Insights

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Office for National StatisticsOffice for National Statistics
Census Officer
22 Apr 2021

“Put safety of officers ahead of the job which is great”

Protection Group InternationalProtection Group International
Manager, Intelligence
12 Jun 2021

“But it’s absolutely worth it and a great way to develop your skills!”

US Air ForceUS Air Force
Air Force Intelligence Officer
22 Oct 2020

“This is an excellent place to start your career and boost your credentials”

Office for National StatisticsOffice for National Statistics
Census Officer
14 Jun 2021

“Great Pay at £12 an hour for london”

US ArmyUS Army
Human Intelligence Collector
10 Dec 2020

“I received some really fantastic training”

US ArmyUS Army
Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer%2FIntegrator
14 Jul 2021

“Not great pay”

US ArmyUS Army
Intelligence Officer
7 Apr 2020

“Officer pay is great”

Director, Intelligence
3 Jan 2022

“My performance was not a limiting factor in my compensation.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an intelligence officer

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The most common qualifications to become an intelligence officer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.