What does a Foreign Service Officer do?

Foreign service officers work as promoters of peace, support, prosperity, and protection for citizens traveling abroad. As representatives of the government and people of their home country in foreign countries and with international organizations, they protect the home country's citizens traveling abroad

Foreign service officers assist foreign nationals traveling to the home country and with the evacuation of refugees. They work on economic partnerships and development and support business interests abroad. They also manage embassies and strive to promote diplomacy. They will analyze political events and developments and report and update relevant state departments on their findings. They explain policies and values as they interact with foreign citizens and people in positions of leadership. As guardians of a nation’s interest around the globe they work as consular officers, economic specialist management officers, political analysts and public diplomacy experts. Foreign service opportunities do not need a minimum education requirement and are open to qualified applicants ages 20 to 59.

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Avg. Experience5-7 years

Foreign Service Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$81,841 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$46K
Median: $82K
$146K
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Foreign Service Officer Career Path

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MaximusMaximus
Health Service Officer
Sep. 24, 2021

“Supportive and good for career progression.”

Kai Fu Property Services
Contract Property Services Officer
May 31, 2021

“Stable work and salary .”

City and County of San FranciscoCity and County of San Francisco
Public Service Aide
Dec. 6, 2019

“Scarce opportunities for improvement and career development”

NC State Employees' Credit UnionNC State Employees' Credit Union
FSO III
Sep. 12, 2021

“While there is a lateral career path there is not much room for upward mobility.”

U.S. Department of StateU.S. Department of State
Foreign Service Officer
Dec. 7, 2020

“great travel around the work and many professional development opportunities.”

The Ascott LimitedThe Ascott Limited
Reservations Officer
May 27, 2021

“Slow career advancement and too much task but no additional allowances.”

Australia PostAustralia Post
Postal Services Officer
Jul. 3, 2019

“Good people to work with”

NC State Employees' Credit UnionNC State Employees' Credit Union
FSO
Oct. 7, 2020

“Great people to work with”

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