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.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Cryptanalysts, Cryptologists
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.
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major urban areas and government centers
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Several years' related experience; internship
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Foreign Language
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements No criminal record; normal hearing; pass a background check for government clearance
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Cryptographic Technical Director
  • Senior Cryptographic Technician
  • Cryptographic Technician

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