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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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