Being a Detective

What does a person in this career do? Detectives gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Unlike police officers, they spend much of their time compiling information and evidence for the cases they are assigned. They wear plain clothes, usually a suit and tie, and drive unmarked cars. Because police detective is a higher ranking and higher paid position than police officer, it requires more experience and knowledge.

What skills and abilities do I need? To be a detective you have to be a U.S. citizen, 21+ years of age, a valid drivers license, and pass physical fitness tests, vision and hearing tests, background checks, lie-detector, and drug test. Most bureaus look for people who are bilingual. You must also be capable of multitasking, having communication skills, strong interview abilities, astute judgement and perceptiveness, analytical skills, and good intuition.

What classes do I need to take? Criminal Justice classes, Police Studies classes, Computer classes, Law classes. (1-2 years)
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How much money will I make? If...
employed by a local government-$62,900/year
if employed by a state government- $59,390/year
if employed by the national government- $110,440/year

How hard will it be to get this job and how many are there in the U.S.? It will be really easy (other than the work i have to do to prepare)because there are a great number of detective jobs in the U.S.

What are some specific reasons why this particular career might appeal to someone? This career is for people who want to help without drawing attention, it is a great way to better the community without the praise that police officers might get. This job is for selfless and intelligent individuals.

What are some similar career options they could explore? Some similar jobs would be a police officer and a private investigator.

What about it interests me and why would i fit this career? When i was younger i watched shows about investigations, read mystery novels, and played a lot of clue. I loved the idea of guessing who the guilty party was before the actual detectives did. I grew an interest as i got older and doing research makes me love it more. I believe I would be a good detective because I'm good at solving mysteries and find the line of work very interesting.

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