Question: Is it hard to get into the foreign service?

The search for extraordinary U.S. citizens to serve as Foreign Service Officers is intense and the qualifying process is rigorous, demanding and highly competitive. If you are interested in becoming a Foreign Service Officer (FSO), you must first register for and take the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT).

How long does it take to become a Foreign Service Officer?

A safe bet is to consider the whole process, from your decision to apply to when you are offered the job, to take an average of 1.5 years.

What does it take to be a Foreign Service Officer?

To enter the Foreign Service, you must be an American citizen between the ages of 20 and 59 and, although there is no educational requirement to become a Foreign Service officer, the vast majority of applicants hold a bachelors degree or higher.

Is Foreign Service a good career?

A career with the Foreign Service may appear glamorous: worldwide travel, government-paid housing, generous pay and benefits. In some instances, though, working as a Foreign Service Officer can be very challenging and sometimes dangerous. During this career you can expect to be assigned to hardship posts.

Do diplomats live in embassy?

In some countries, American staff may live on the embassy compound, but they frequently live in apartments or houses in the host city. The ambassadors residence is often used for official functions, and its public areas are often decorated with American art on loan from museums.

Do Diplomats get paid a lot?

How much does a Foreign Diplomat make? Foreign Diplomats make the most in Los Angeles, CA at $153,068, averaging total compensation 0% greater than the US average.

Do Diplomats make good money?

The mean salary for a diplomat is $85,906, which means that half of all diplomats earn less than this amount, while half earn more. Generally, base salaries run from $48,936 to $157,092. You may get a bonus of up to $24,511 and profit-sharing up to $6,500.

Is an attache a diplomat?

An attaché is normally an official, who serves either as a diplomat or as a member of the support staff, under the authority of an ambassador or other head of a diplomatic mission, mostly in intergovernmental organizations or international non-governmental organisations or agencies.

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