Direct knowledge means that you know personally or have good information concerning the hiring plans of your agency or organization (or at least your section or division). You might work in HR or be a manager with hiring responsibilities.
Indirect knowledge is information that is relevant to the question that is not due to your direct responsibilities. You might have spoken with an HR manager or have been involved in meetings where this issue was discussed.
We are NOT looking for opinion based on purely circumstantial information. If you are not involved in the hiring process either directly or indirectly, please DO NOT take this survey.
Why are we interested?
Every year, other disciplines announce hiring projections for the year: "This year's hot jobs are for engineers and chimney sweeps." That sort of thing. Entry level intelligence analysts who are searching for a job, on the other hand, receive no such guidance.
We hope to change that. Working with one of our hot-shot grad students, Greg Marchwinski, we put together this survey to get a better feel for the the job market for entry level analysts for the year ahead.
Once we get enough survey data, Greg will compile it and combine it with the macro-level, mostly qualitative data that we already have and put together a "jobs report" for the year ahead. I will publish it here once we are done.
We understand that there are some legitimate security concerns here so we have tried to frame the questions such that they are focused on broad developments and general trends. We are not interested in the kind of deep details that might compromise security.
Finally, we intend to follow this study up with similar surveys of the law enforcement and business job markets for entry-level intelligence analysts as well.
By the way, this is the same question we asked last year and here is the answer we got...
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