The Foreign Service provides the opportunity of a lifetime for those interested in learning new language and cultures while positively contributing to the lives of Americans abroad and foreign citizens. Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) advocate American foreign policy, protect Americans abroad, and promote American business interests throughout the world. FSOs staff American embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions devoted to strengthening peace, stability, and prosperity. Their perceptiveness, dedication, and creativity drive the creation and achievement of American foreign policy objectives. You can become an FSO as a generalist with a liberal arts degree; however, an advanced degree in a specialized area will enhance your value. Increasingly, transnational issues have gained priority among American foreign policy objectives.
Careers in the Foreign Service are divided into five tracks:
• Consular Officers: Protect the interests of American citizens traveling or living abroad
• Economic Officers: Responsible for providing their post and Washington with information and analysis on significant economic developments in the host country
• Management Officers: Coordinate and managing the operations of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your assigned country
• Political Officers: Follow political events in their host country and report significant developments to the State Department
• Public Diplomacy Officers: Implement cultural and informational programs which explain to foreign audiences the values, beliefs and foreign policy agenda of the United States
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