Police and Detectives

Nature of Work: Detectives and criminal investigators, gather facts and evidence of possible crimes. They pursue people who have broken the law.

Training, Qualifications and Advancement: They have to at least a high diploma although some agencies/police officers require a college degree. It depends what kind of officer or detective you are. You have to attend a police academy before coming an officer. Police officers are usually eligible for a promotion.

Employment: A police officer and detective work can be very stressful, dangerous, and physically demanding. It has one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses. They are face with physical injuries. They usually work full time and paid overtime is common.

Job Outlook: The employment rate is predicted to grow by 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. The number of job opportunities can vary from year to year depending on the level of government.

Projections Data: In 2018, it is projected 66500 and a 2100 change (3.3%)

Earnings: The median annual wage was $60270 in May 2015. The highest 10 percent earned more than $100,560 and the lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,170.

Related Occupations:Correctional Officers and Bailiffs; EMTs and Paramedics; Firefighters; Private Detectives and Investigator’s; Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialist; Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers


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