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

$5,000 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $5K
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“Supportive and good for career progression.”

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Contract Property Services Officer
31 May 2021

“Stable work and salary .”

NC State Employees' Credit UnionNC State Employees' Credit Union
12 Sep 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
7 Dec 2020

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

NC State Employees' Credit UnionNC State Employees' Credit Union
7 Oct 2020

“Great people to work with”

Bank of the Philippine IslandsBank of the Philippine Islands
Service Officer
17 Apr 2021

“Stable career in the banking industry”

Clydesdale BankClydesdale Bank
Mortgage Services Officer
3 Aug 2021

“Great people to work with”

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“Good work culture to work with”

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