Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Exploring Career Options? Consider Criminal Investigation

Do you have Communication skills, Good judgment and Perceptiveness? You may consider a career as a criminal investigator. The Occupational Outlook Handbook describes the field of criminal investigation as the following.

“Detectives and criminal investigators, who sometimes are called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Law enforcement officers’ duties depend on the size and type of their organizations.

“Detectives and criminal investigators typically do the following:
  • Investigate crimes
  • Collect evidence of crimes
  • Conduct interviews with suspects and witnesses
  • Observe the activities of suspects
  • Arrest suspects
  • Write detailed reports and fill out forms
  • Prepare cases and testify in court”

“Uniformed officers, detectives, agents, and inspectors usually are scheduled to work full time. Paid overtime is common. Shift work is necessary because protection must be provided around the clock. Because more experienced employees typically receive preference, junior officers frequently work weekends, holidays, and nights. Some police officers chose to work off duty as security for restaurants, retail stores, and other establishments.

“Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Continued demand for public safety will lead to new openings for officers in local departments; however, both state and federal jobs may be more competitive.
Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), Police and Detectives.

Learn more about the field of criminal investigations by visiting OOH, at or by speaking with the following employers at the Criminal Justice Career & Internship Fair (, March 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Baltimore City Police Department
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Secret Service