Foreign Service Officer
Foreign service employees work in one of five different career paths: consulate, economics, administration, politics, and public diplomacy. After choosing a career path, the next step is to register for the FSOT test.
The next FSOT will now be held in July 2020. Please click “Register for FSOT” to view the latest information about when you can register and take the test.
Consular Fellowship Program for Foreign Services
Consular service fellows serve in the US embassies and consulates abroad as well as foreign service officers, other U.S. agency personnel, and locally employed staff. Using their language skills in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese or Arabic Mandarin, their primary duty is to separate visas for foreign citizens. Duties and responsibilities are similar to those of a junior foreign service officer career. The first step to becoming a consular colleague is to complete the online application by registering for the CFPT exam.
External Services Information Management Specialist
Information management professionals manage and operate the IT infrastructure worldwide, including large-scale local computer networks, telecommunications systems, telephone and UHF / VHF programs, diplomatic pouch and postal services. The first step to becoming an Information Management Specialist is to complete the online application by registering for the IMST Exam.
Construction engineers monitor and report on contracting work abroad to ensure that new real estate construction and existing real estate renewal are completed properly, on time and within budget.
Technical Information Management Specialist – Unified Communications
Information Management Technicians (Unified Communications) are responsible for installing, repairing, and maintaining a wide range of computer and communications systems.
External medical services provider
Our accredited family practitioners or physician assistants provide primary, acute, and emergency care to U.S. government employees and eligible family members overseas. Medical service providers spend about 80 percent of their jobs abroad, generally in volatile or remote countries and move every 2-4 years. Medical providers receive Category 1 AMA PRA units each year through State Department-sponsored CME programs.
Regional medical officer for external services
Regional Medical Officers (RMO) are board certified physicians. In this career in the public service, risk management organizations (RMO) provide high-quality primary and preventive medical care to American diplomats and their families, supervise employees, manage health unit operations, and interact with foreign audiences which helps promote peace and prosperity around the world. Risk management organizations travel and explore new cultures, while finding solutions to unique healthcare challenges, such as living and working abroad in developing regions where access to care and medical facilities is limited.
Regional medical officer / psychiatrist
Regional medical officers / psychiatrists are certified by the board of directors and provide primary psychological care to eligible US government employees and eligible family members overseas. Regional medical officers / psychiatrists are required to travel extensively throughout the designated areas. Benefits include annual physician comparison fee (PCA) from $ 14,000 to $ 30,000. Regional medical officers / psychiatrists also receive credits for continuing education each year through the continuing medical education programs sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
External Service Security Engineering Officer
Security engineering officers provide technical security support and engineering expertise to protect U.S. foreign service jobs overseas and in local locations. Responsibilities include working with all aspects of safety systems – from design, development, and analysis to installation and testing. Security engineering officers conduct security assessments of U.S. missions abroad, conduct countermeasures on technical surveillance, implement computer security measures, and support travel to VIPs.
Technical security specialist
Security technicians provide support and assistance in global technical security programs that protect the facilities of the US State Department and personnel from technical espionage, terrorism, and crime. Their work is incredibly diverse, managing projects and people, supporting decent travel, exploring the use of new technology, installing, maintaining and repairing a wide range of complex technical security equipment.