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Law and Government

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Pursue Justice and Defend Peace

Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

Contact Info

Center for Career Exploration and Success

45 Armstrong Center

550 E. Spring St.

Oxford, OH 45056

513-529-3831

careercenter@MiamiOH.edu

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Related Job Titles

Criminal Investigator, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Fugitive Detective, Fugitive Investigator, Investigator, Narcotics Detective, Narcotics Investigator, Police Detective, Special Agent

Facts and Stats

Your career outlook is looking good – just like these stats.

O*NET Code: 33-3021.00

O*NET Summary
  • $86,940 Median wages (annual)

    2020

  • 7,300 Projected job openings

    2019–2029

  • 1-2% Projected growth (slower than average)

    2019-2029

What you Need to Know

  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Related Programs

Top Technology Requirements Included in Job Postings

  • Data base user interface and query software — DataWorks Plus Digital CrimeScene; Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS; Microsoft Access; National Crime Information Center NCIC database
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop; Digital Image Management Solutions Crime Scene; Graphics software; Microsoft Visio
  • Map creation software — Crime mapping software; ESRI ArcView; Geographic information system GIS software
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint

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