Cryptographic Technicians


Employment Prospects


Cryptographic technicians are, for the most part, employed by the government. They find positions in all branches of the military and in government agencies such as the National Security Agency, the FBI, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and other intelligence operations. Mathematicians also work for the National Institute of Standards and Technology or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Cryptographic technicians also work in industries that transact confidential business via computer.

Starting Out

Enlistment in a branch of the armed forces is a good method for beginning a career in cryptology. College graduates may also apply directly to government agencies that employ cryptographic technicians. Due to the sensitive nature of this work, having a flawless background, for example, no criminal record, is recommended.

Advancement Prospects

Cryptographic technicians employed by a branch of the armed forces can rise through the ranks or equivalent government service ratings levels. Cryptographic technicians who work for commercial companies may become supervisors and even executives in charge of corporate security measures.

Tips for Entry

Get certified in broadcast technology or engineering. This will give you an edge in the job market.

A strong background in math, engineering, computer programming, and languages is required to do this type of work. Take classes in these subjects.

Visit the Web sites of the National Security Agency, FBI, Department of Defense, Department of State, and other intelligence operations to learn about potential career paths.

Look into Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs for introduction to cryptographic techniques.

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