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Career Overview

Gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes, They conduct interviews, examine records, observe the activities of suspects, and participate in raids or arrests. Usually specialize in investigating one type of crime, such as homicide or fraud.


Investigate Crimes, prepare cases and testify in court, arrest suspects, observe the activities of suspects.

Average Hours / Working Schedule

Work is usually full time. Paid overtime which is common, Shift work is necessary because protection must be around the clock.

Work Environment

The jobs of some federal agents, such as U.S. Secret Service and DEA special agents, require extensive travel, often on short notice. Police officers and detectives need to be constantly alert and ready to deal appropriately with a number of other threatening scenarios. Depends on where you apply for a job.

Salary / Wage Potential

The median annual wage of police and detectives was $55,010 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,440, and the top 10 percent earned more than $88,870.

- $68,820 for detectives and criminal investigators

-$26.45 per hour

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Education Needed

  • Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college or higher degree.
  • Must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training.
  1. May also require a bachelors degree if wanting ti work in federal or state. Triton College offers a 2 year Criminal Justice program.
  2. The University Of illinois at Chicago offers a bachelors degree in criminology.

Skills Required

  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Leadership skills
  • Good judgment.
  • Communication skills.
  • Strength and stamina

Job Outlook

Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.

Jobs in state and federal agencies will remain more competitive as they often offer high pay and more opportunities for both promotions and inter-agency transfers.

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