Work at the National Security Agency
Who can apply for jobs at the NSA? An NSA representative (who asked to remain nameless because of security concerns) says, "We would consider all applications from US citizens with the required qualifications for our jobs." The qualifications for specific careers and jobs at NSA are described on the NSA Web site under Careers.
Where Are the Jobs?
NSA headquarters are in Fort Meade, Maryland, about 45 minutes from downtown Washington, DC, and 30 minutes from downtown Baltimore. Some jobs may require travel.
What Are the Career Fields?
- Acquisition & business management
- Computer/electrical engineering
- Computer science
- Foreign languages
- Human resources
- Intelligence analysis
- Occupational health
- Security (police)
- Signals analysis
- Acquisition logistics specialist
- Budget analyst
- Business manager
- Business technologist
- Contracting specialist
- Corporate acquisition planning & oversight specialist
- Cost & price analyst
- Finance & accounting analyst
- Finance & accounting technician
- Manpower management analyst
- Program manager
- Purchasing specialist
- Resource programmer
Applying is relatively simple; unlike most other federal job postings, there are no KSAs, narratives, essays, job-specific questions, core questions or examples. Go to the NSA's Web site, and click on Careers. Then click on Apply Online, which allows you to search by both job category and keyword. After checking off specific job titles and putting them in a shopping cart (also fairly unique for a federal online job application system), applicants need to attach an electronic resume and answer employment questions on 13 online pages of the Resume and Job Application system.
After Your Resume Is in the Database
You do not need to return to see if there are new announcements posted, new closing dates or what happened to your application. Your part is complete! The HR staff will select candidates for particular jobs and contact you. It's in your best interest to keep applying to other jobs.