What does an intelligence analyst do?

Intelligence analysts are responsible for the compiling and assessment of various information sources. Generally in regard to national defence, counter-terrorism and other military operations, the analysis of various data and the subsequent report created by intelligence analysts aims to inform subsequent procedure, policy and strategy. Daily duties will necessarily vary widely based on the project but are likely to include compiling reports, analysing data on religious or cultural trends, identify trends within information, liaise with members of the military and civilians and translate writing from foreign sources.


  • Analyse data
  • Translate foreign material
  • Identify trends in data sources
  • Advise on policy and strategy
  • Liaise with military members

What skills do I need to be an intelligence analyst?

An intelligence analyst requires a number of specialised skills in order to be suited for the role and successful in their career. Information analysis requires a person who is inherently logical and analytical by nature, possessing a natural gift for the deconstruction of information and the ability to compile data into a comprehensible report. Depending on your particular specialisation, the ability to speak one or more languages may be a prerequisite, as information analysis may some times require translating documents from foreign languages. 

  • Analytical thinker
  • Bi- or multilingual
  • Excellent numeracy and literacy skills
  • Ability to think logically and strategise
  • Multitasking skills


As an intelligence analyst, there are a number of specialisations you can choose to follow. You can choose your specialisation in accordance with your skills, interests and forecasted career path.

AGO Intelligence Analyst

An AGO intelligence analyst works for the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation. AGO intelligence analysts analyse visual data taken from satellites and aircrafts. The information analysed and compiled is focused toward information required of a geographical or spatial nature.

ASD Intelligence Analyst

An ASD intelligence analyst works for the Australian Signals Directorate. ASD intelligence analysts work for government organisations performing a number of information analysis duties. ASD intelligence analysts are involved with complex analytical systems involving the translation of foreign signals, cryptography and mathematical problems.

DIO Intelligence Analyst

A DIO intelligence analyst works for the Defence Intelligence Organisation. DIO intelligence analysts are primarily involved with liaising with senior members of government and military organisations. DIO analysts provide intelligence and strategies to high ranking members of the defence force.

Study pathways for intelligence analysts

There are a number of degree qualifications that will allow you to be eligible for a career in intelligence analysis. You can choose your degree in accordance with your interests.

Getting Started

Choose a course to kickstart your defence career

Skill Building

Get ahead of the pack with targeted study options

Professional Development

Foster important analytical skills through coursework and training

Industry Recognition

After earning the industry relevant accreditations, you will need to apply for a security clearance in order to pursue employment with the Australian Defence Force.

Getting a job after graduation

Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your defence career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.

Job Prospects and Salaries

There is expected to be strong growth in employment opportunities available over the next five years.