Cryptographic Technicians


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Cryptographic Technicians

Introduction

Cryptographic technicians, also called 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 by 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 employ...

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Median Salary

$119,351

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Several years' related experience


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Earnings

Salaries vary according to an individual's education, experience, and the geographic location of the job.

The average annual salary for cryptographic technicians was $119,351 in 2019, according to the Economic Research Institute. Earnings ranged from $82,928 to $148,494 or more.  

The National Security Agency reports salaries for cryptanalysts are based on exper...

Work Environment

Cryptographic technicians generally work in clean, well-lighted offices. Because much of their work involves computers, they generally remain seated for most of their workday, in front of the computer screen. Cryptographic technicians employed by government agencies and in the armed forces may be required to work in the evenings, at night, and on weekends and holidays.

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for mathematicians (a career category that includes cryptographers), who work for the federal government is expected to grow by nearly 21 percent from 2018 to 2028. The need for skilled cryptographic technicians should remain high as U.S. intelligence operations take place throughout the world and as the government works to address new terro...

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