Which Specialization is Right for You?

Becoming a Foreign Service Specialist presents a world of opportunities. But it isn’t for everyone. While some people might find the job challenging, exciting and rewarding, others will see it as a less than perfect match.

Open a category below and choose a position; you can either fill out a qualification questionnaire, or view the vacancy for requirements and qualifications. It will help you identify the positions for which you are most qualified under that category.

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Financial Management Officer As an FMO, you will develop budgets and financial plans, control obligations and expenditures, prepare and audit payment vouchers, administer payroll plans, approve salary and allowance payments and monitor cash operations. Sign up to receive email updates
General Services Officer As a GSO, you will develop, plan, implement, and manage an ongoing program of support that includes contracting, inventory/property, physical facilities, space management, travel and transportation, motorpool, and maintenance and repair schedules. Sign up to receive email updates
Human Resources Officer You will supervise and ensure effective performance of the Human Resources Office staff at diplomatic and consular posts. These services will be extended to other U.S. Government agencies. Sign up to receive email updates
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Construction Engineer Construction Engineers (CE) monitor and report on contract work overseas to ensure that the construction of new properties and renovation of existing properties are completed properly, on time and within budget.  Sign up to receive email updates
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Facility Manager Working closely with the General Services Officer, you will manage the upkeep of buildings, grounds, fixtures and utilities overseas. Sign up to receive email updates
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Information Management Specialist Information Management Specialists (IMS) manage and operate worldwide information technology infrastructure, including PC local and wide area networks, telecommunications systems, telephone and UHF/VHF programs, and diplomatic pouch and mail services. Sign up to receive email updates
Information Management Technical Specialist (Radio) IMTS/R duties include performing site surveys, installation and maintenance of associated hardware and software for UHF/VHF land mobile systems. Sign up to receive email updates
Information Management Technical Specialist (United Communications) IMTS/UC (Previously IMTS-Digital and IMTS-Telephone) are responsible for the installation, repair, and maintenance of a wide range of digital and telephone equipment. Sign up to receive email updates
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English Language Officer English Language Officers (ELO) are responsible for all U.S. Department of State-sponsored English teaching activities in the host country, or if a Regional ELO with responsibilities for English language program activities in several countries, necessitating extensive travel. Sign up to receive email updates
Regional Public Engagement Specialist Regional Public Engagement Specialists (formerly Information Resource Officers) counsel Mission Officials on effective information program resources and services, assess staff needs, carry out regional training programs, demonstrate and promote U.S. electronic information resources, and establish contacts with host country information and library institutions. Sign up to receive email updates
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Medical Provider (FSMP – NP/PA) Foreign Service Medical Providers, Family Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants with a family practice background, assume the role of a primary care provider in diagnosing and treating patients and will be responsible for administering a full range of community health care services, including preventive health education for the official mission community. Sign up to receive email updates
Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist RMLS (Formerly Regional Medical Technologist/MLS) duties include performing routine visitations to regional area Health Units to evaluate and monitor performance of local laboratory technologists. You will also maintain own laboratory at post of assignment as well as X-RAY equipment at your post of assignment and your assigned region. Sign up to receive email updates
Regional Medical Officer Regional Medical Officer (RMO) duties include providing primary medical care and appropriate health information and disease prevention programs at each post of responsibility as well as a host of other medical and health related responsibilities. Sign up to receive email updates
Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist The RMO/P’s duties include providing primary psychiatric care for each post in the supported geographical region as well as a host of other psychiatric and mental health related responsibilities. Sign up to receive email updates
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Office Management Specialist Office Management Specialists (OMS) are called upon to perform a variety of duties at diplomatic and consular posts. These duties include general office management, conference and visitor support, administrative and secretarial support. Sign up to receive email updates
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Diplomatic Courier Diplomatic Couriers are entrusted with ensuring the inviolability of diplomatic pouches and their secure delivery throughout the world. Couriers are required to safeguard and escort diplomatic pouches containing classified and sensitive material between U.S. diplomatic missions overseas and the Department of State. Sign up to receive email updates
Security Engineering Officer Security Engineering Officers (SEO) provide technical security support and engineering expertise to protect U.S. Foreign Service posts. You will work overseas, in Washington, DC, or Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and will be responsible for selected duties ranging from security system design, development and analysis to installation and testing. Sign up to receive email updates
Security Technical Specialist Security Technical Specialists (STS) provide support and assist in worldwide technical security programs, which provide protection for U.S. Department of State facilities and personnel from technical espionage, acts of terrorism, and crime. The mission of STS personnel is accomplished through the use of sophisticated electronic and electro-mechanical security systems. Sign up to receive email updates
Special Agent DSS Agents are specially trained Foreign Service security professionals; they are also sworn Federal law enforcement officers. Overseas, as a Regional Security Officer (RSO), you will advise ambassadors on all security matters and manage a complex range of security programs designed to protect personnel, facilities, and information. In the U.S., Special Agents protect the Secretary of State and visiting foreign dignitaries, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. Sign up to receive email updates