We surveyed 93 cryptanalysts to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical cryptanalyst. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a cryptanalyst?

Low

High

Working as a cryptanalyst typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that cryptanalysts are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a cryptanalyst?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a cryptanalyst typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a cryptanalyst?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically quite difficult to find a job as a cryptanalyst.