Questions and Answers about U.S. Department of State

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What are the minimum educational requirements to work for the state department. Currently I am working on my associates degree I wonder if choosing a particular major will be more useful than any major of my choice.


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Strong College Back Ground
Being very initiative minded.
Showing support and talents in areas of operations

Answered - Mail Clerk (Former Employee) - Washington, DC

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High school education

Answered - Human Resources Specialist (Current Employee) - Charleston, SC

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Department of State is the Diplomatic arm of the US. Bachelor is best. A language is recommended.

Answered - security specalist (Former Employee) - Fairfax, VA

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For the foreign service, you must have a degree to be competitive. for the civil service it is a little less competitive.

Answered - Program Manager (Current Employee) - Washington, DC

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Bachelor's degree is a minimum. A law degree is best. Military experience is a plus. A bachelor's degree in history with an emphasis on American and diplomatic history is a plus, also journalism and communications, plus knowledge about such things as the UN, NATO, EU, petroleum, defense, espionage. But there is nothing like the experience of actually working outside of the US before applying to the Foreign Service.

Answered - Foreign Service Officer/Vice Consul (Former Employee) - Washington, DC

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MSEE or above


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Need a college degree.

Answered - officer (Current Employee) - Beijing, China

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Depends on the job but most jobs only require a high school diploma.

Answered - Information Technology Manager (Current Employee) - Bangkok - Thailand

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College degree

Answered - Security Program Manager (Current Employee) - Washington, DC

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There are positions available in government agencies for all education levels. Of course the higher education you have the more competitive you are, but in terms of applying for government jobs, having experience in other government jobs, military or Peace Corps service also goes a long way.

Answered - Intern (Former Employee) - Washington, DC

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