by Tori Zito

Job Description and Tasks

to investigate criminal activity, act with intelligence to nab the criminal(s),investigate known and suspected criminals. They also become familiar with criminal habits and traits, report all such information to the commanding officer, examine crime scenes, arrest criminals and suspects and finally prepare assigned cases for court proceedings. The median pay is $74,300.

Training and Job Outlook

Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations.

Skills Required

Speaking, Active Listening

Social Perceptiveness

Complex Problem Solving

Judgment and Decision Making



Tools and Technology Used

Footprint lifters


Spreadsheet software

Word processing software