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Foreign Service Officers


Foreign service officers represent the government and the people of the United States by conducting relations with foreign countries and international organizations. They promote and protect the United States' political, economic, and commercial interests overseas. They observe and analyze conditions and developments in foreign countries and report to the State Department and other agencies. Foreign Service officers guard the welfare of Americans abroad and help foreign nationals traveling to the United States. There are about 12,000 Foreign Service employees at more than 270 U.S. embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions and in Washington, D.C.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits




Career Ladder
Senior Foreign Service Officer

Foreign Service Officer

Junior Officer

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