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Criminal InvestigatorThe work of a criminal investigator might hold a clue to a new career for you.
Criminal investigator's work
As a criminal investigator, you would interview crime witnesses and suspects, gather physical evidence and file reports on your findings. The work can be dangerous and exciting. Jobs are found in local police departments, or with agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As a criminal investigator with a state or local police department you might specialize in one area, say, homicide, and stick with a case from beginning to an arrest, often earning overtime pay. Criminal investigators may join up with other agencies, such as working with an anti-gang task force.
FBI agents investigate a wide variety of crimes for the federal government, ranging from organized crime to Internet fraud to bank robberies and kidnappings.
Demand and pay for criminal investigators
Demand for criminal investigators is expected to grow 11 percent during the decade ending in 2016, about the average rate for all jobs.
Annual pay for criminal investigators and detectives ranged from $36,500 to $97,870 in 2008, with the median falling at $60,910,according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Education for advancement
Although you can be hired as a police officer right out of high school, advancement to detective generally requires more schooling. It pays to learn a second language. To be an FBI officer you would need a bachelor's degree and three years of experience. Colleges and universities, many of them online schools, offer classes in law enforcement and criminal justice.
If keeping the citizens of the United States safe and secure appeals to you, consider becoming a criminal investigator.