What does a Foreign Service Officer do?

Foreign service officers work as promoters of peace, support, prosperity, and protection for citizens traveling abroad. As representatives of the government and people of their home country in foreign countries and with international organizations, they protect the home country's citizens traveling abroad

Foreign service officers assist foreign nationals traveling to the home country and with the evacuation of refugees. They work on economic partnerships and development and support business interests abroad. They also manage embassies and strive to promote diplomacy. They will analyze political events and developments and report and update relevant state departments on their findings. They explain policies and values as they interact with foreign citizens and people in positions of leadership. As guardians of a nation’s interest around the globe they work as consular officers, economic specialist management officers, political analysts and public diplomacy experts. Foreign service opportunities do not need a minimum education requirement and are open to qualified applicants ages 20 to 59.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
18%
2 - 4
21%
5 - 7
35%
8+
26%

Foreign Service Officer Seniority Levels

Technical Project Manager
16% made the transition
Program Manager
53% made the transition
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