Criminal Investigator

Veronica Cantrell

A Day On the Job

When you are a criminal investigator, you are extremely hands on when it comes to crime. Criminal Investigators exam written records, help to prepare evidence for trial, investigate felony and misdemeanor crimes and agree to testify in court with gathered evidence. Investors interview people who are related to the scene to build up their cases.

Working Conditions

Criminal Investigators are on call. They work longer hours than most, and especially when they are assigned an active investigation. They stay local, involved with crimes in their towns/cities.


Technically, criminal investigators can get away with just a high school diploma or equivalent. Aspiring investigators, who hold an associates or a bachelor's degree, in criminal investigations or some other area of criminal justice, increase their chances of finding a job. Usually, criminal investigators need to be able to talk with people need to be observant and determined.

Earnings and Job Outlook

Investigators usually work for local, state, or federal government agencies. Criminal investigators can earn more than 125,000 annually.

Education Spotlight

Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Science

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