FSO Career

The Foreign Service Economic Officer

The Foreign Service Economic Officer helps strengthen (or minimize) ties between the U.S. and the host country. By working with many different people in and out of government, the Economic Officer seeks out the information that will benefit U.S. business. This can be as global as putting together a trans ocean agreement or environmental package, to as local as …

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The Foreign Service Consular Officer

For many citizens in overseas countries, the Foreign Service Consular Officer is the principle diplomat they will (ever) interact with. Adjudicators of visas and primary support to U.S. citizens abroad, the Consular Officer must hold a broad range of skills. Unlike the other career tracks, acting as a Consular Officer for your first or two …

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Department of Sate Diversity Statistics: Sept. 30, 2016

The Department of State recently published its diversity statistics, which allows us to do a comparison between the State Department and the U.S. as a whole! Some Brief History Earlier this year, the “Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act, Fiscal Year 2016” came into being. One small requirement is that the State …

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The Career FSO Ambassador: Current Demographics

This post on the career FSO ambassador started out very similarly to the Foreign Service salary guide– to answer a ‘simple’ question that instead led to a deeper content piece. You see, I was trying to determine which Foreign Service cone has led to the most career FSO ambassadors. Now, my immediate thought was the political cone. …

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