Cryptographic Technicians

Cryptographic technicians, also called CTs, crypto clerks, cryptologists, and cryptanalysts, operate cryptographic equipment used for coding, decoding, and sending secret messages. They are mainly employed by the government, for positions in all branches of the military, and in government agencies such as the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of State, and any other intelligence operations. Cryptographic technicians are also employed by industries that transact confidential business via computer, such as the banking industry.

Quick Facts
Duties Read, analyze, and decipher encrypted messages; use cyptographic software, radio and computer equipment, surveillance devices, and other technologies to send and receive messages; may create secret codes for messages containing sensitive information.
Alternate Title(s) Cryptanalysts, Cryptologists
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major urban areas and government centers
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Several years' related experience; internship
  • Computer
  • Foreign Language
  • Math
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements No criminal record; normal hearing; pass a background check for government clearance
Career Ladder
  • Cryptographic Technical Director
  • Senior Cryptographic Technician
  • Cryptographic Technician

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