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8 Fastest Growing Law Enforcement Careers

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Detectives and Criminal Investigators


17% Projected Job Increase
18,700 New Jobs

What’s Ahead

A 17 percent increase in detectives and criminal investigator jobs is expected, which both outpaces the overall employment average as well as the 10 percent average for all police and detective positions.

Jobs in local police departments, or those in urban communities in which the crime rate is relatively high, may be the easiest to get.

Specialized Degrees

Although employment is expected to grow, competition will continue to be fierce. More and more departments are also offering higher starting salaries for those that enter law enforcement with a bachelor’s degree.

Getting a degree in a second language is also a strong way to distinguish yourself from other applicants as more areas grow due to immigration.

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    bosanci28

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    i have been trying to work for any law enforcement,for the last 2 years,,and no luck yet!,,

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    LeutSwift

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I would like to be an F.B.I. agent or on a S.W.A.T. team

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    Dean_Mike

    over 4 years ago

    242 Comments

    I Would Like Too Be a CSI: or Private Investigator.

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    Dean_Mike

    over 4 years ago

    242 Comments

    Thanks For This Amesome Information & I Want Too Be a CSI:Crime Scene Investigator.

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    matsnap

    over 4 years ago

    482 Comments

    I work in Campus Law Enforcement. Next fall, my daughter will be going to college, and she has expressed interest in law enforcement. The article has a lot of stuff to consider.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    nice article...

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I've always had an interest in being an Officer for Amtrak, so the fact that it made the list comes as good news!
    Whenever I travel home from central Illinois to Michigan, I always have a layover at Union Station in Chicago. The Officers there are very nice, professional and courteous.

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    boydmom

    over 4 years ago

    62 Comments

    Very informative. Proves I'm on the right track to achieve my goal of being a LEO.

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    mabelsoto

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    YES i am interesting of being a cop??? Anything that has 2 do with criminal justice i like and clean the streets i would do a great job?

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    correr1003

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I am a Spanish teacher of 25 years and I'm 48 years old and I have wanted to something in law enforcement and I even applied for a police officer position but I backed out and didn't show for the exam or physical test because I assumed that I was too old in comparison to others trying to enter the profession. With a Masters degree I would like to think that I could do something in law enforcement. An emergency dispatcher appeals to me but it seems difficult to obtain employment without experience.

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    deltaforce

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I would like to be a cop..I want to clean up my town against people who is breaking the law

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    wrk

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    yes,i am interesting joinning the cop

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    kickitdontkissit

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    As a Baby Boomer myself, who already is in hock to Sallie Mae Services for student loans, there's not much here that I fit into. I'm pretty savvy around trains, so I could possibly look into that. Thanks Chris.

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    smusc11

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    Thanks Chris page 7 and I are made for each other. I didnt know that there were so many positions that needed so much schooling. They certainly arent portrayed as the learned type. Thanks again for the info. Still looking. Cant get one I guess till School loans are payed off.

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    bluesclue4u

    over 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    Thank you for posting this information I can see a lot of paper work is in this field.

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