Would you like to be a diplomat?
The Department of State looks for a diverse group of people, with varied backgrounds and experiences, to achieve the foreign policy goals of the United States. Foreign Service Officers with different personalities and a wide variety of skills are needed to handle the many kinds of jobs diplomats do.
Most diplomats work far from home, where the culture, food, and language are different. Their number one job is to take care of American citizens overseas. But another part of their responsibility is to build good working relationships—even if the leaders or citizens of the host country disagree with U.S. policies. Diplomacy is required to move through these delicate situations!
Do you like to write, speak publicly, work with journalists or engage through social media, or plan informational or cultural programs? Perhaps you would like to pursue the work of a Public Diplomacy Officer.
Do you like to manage an operation and solve practical problems dealing with budget, personnel, transportation, or buildings? Perhaps you would make a good Management Officer.
Are you curious about how other countries are governed, how the United States advances its foreign policy, and the processes of negotiations? Perhaps you would be interested in becoming a Political Officer.
Are you interested in business, money, and trade relations? Perhaps being an Economic Officer is for you.
Are you interested in the law, helping American citizens in trouble, and meeting many foreign citizens who would like to come to the United States? You should think about becoming a Consular Officer.
Do you want to help people in developing countries obtain clean water, develop sustainable agriculture, or better education? Perhaps a career with the U.S. Agency for International Development would be right for you.
Would you enjoy helping to increase U.S. business or agricultural exports? You might consider becoming a Foreign Commercial Officer or a Foreign Agricultural Officer.
The Department also looks for people who have specific skills, such as language, computer technology, interpersonal relations, law enforcement, environmental science, or geography. So if you have a special interest in these areas—among several others—there may be a job for you.