Criminal Investigator Jobs

Criminal Investigator Job Overview

Criminal investigators may work for police departments or they may work as private detectives who serve their own clients. The type of job that a criminal investigator chooses can significantly affect how much the person earns and what job duties he or she fulfills. Some common job duties include:

  • Gathering evidence for criminal cases
  • Using covert surveillance techniques to track suspects
  • Identifying and arresting suspects
  • Conducting suspect and witness interviews
  • Sharing information with other agencies
  • Giving court testimony

Criminal investigators have jobs that challenge their mental and physical limits. Those who enjoy working with the public, solving complex puzzles, and helping convict suspects may enjoy a job in criminal investigation.

Criminal Investigator Job Education Requirements

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, criminal investigators need a high school diploma or its equivalent. The job, however, often requires several years of on-the-job training. Specific departments, however, may set their own educational and training standards. Those with college degrees tend to get promotions faster than those with less education.

Private investigators do not have educational requirements, but they need to acquire licenses from state boards. Each state has its own licensing requirements.

Other jobs with similar training requirements include police officer jobs and criminalist jobs. Many criminal investigators start their careers as police officers. Criminalists may need to earn degrees in forensic science.

Criminal Investigator Job Market

In 2012, there were 780,000 people working as police or detectives. People who wish to enter the industry should know that it only has a 5 percent growth rate, which is about half the national average of 9-11 percent. Between 2012 and 2022, police departments will add about 41,400 detectives and officers. Some states hire more criminal investigators than others. Texas, California, and New York employ the most investigators.

While private detectives can expect their industry to grow by about 11 percent, they shouldn't expect more job opportunities. In 2012, there were 30,000 private investigators working in the United States. An 11 percent increase will add 3,300 jobs.

Criminal Investigator Job Salary Information

In 2013, detectives and criminal investigators earned a mean salary of $79,000. Those in the 90th percentile earned over $125,000, while those in the bottom 10th earned just over $40,000. Several factors can affect an investigator's salary. Those working for a local police department earned a mean wage of $65,420 in 2013. Those working for the Federal government earned a mean wage of $103,180 during the same period.

Where an investigator works can also affect salary. Those working in Washington, D.C., for instance, earned a mean wage of $116,210, while those working in Montana earned $74,950. Professionals continuing their careers should consider the pros and cons of accepting high-paying positions in areas with higher costs of living.

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This is a non-tenure track, part-time faculty position in the Summer Programs for High School Students in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. Our Summer Programs include credit and noncredit options designed to prepare rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the academic, social, and campus experiences of freshman year of college. Building on Northeaste...
JOB SUMMARY: Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!! The Department of Justice is the Nation's Top law enforcement agency and is ranked by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the top places to work in the Federal government! The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is one of the premier federal Inspe...
****OPEN COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY***** POSITION TITLE: FINANCIAL INVESTIGATOR – CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT POSITION #: 43004166 OFFICE OF FINANCIAL REGULATION BUREAU: FINANCIAL INVESTIGATIONS CONTACT PERSON: LAURA HUGHES OFFICE LOCATION: 200 E. GAINES STREET CITY: TALLAHASSEE COUNTY: LEON PHONE NUMBER: (813) 218-5308 FAX#: 1-888-403-2110 SPECIAL NOTES: A bachelor’s degree or higher from...
SRA International, Inc ARLINGTON, VA
Investigate non-immigrant visa holders who violate their immigration status as well as scrutinize the activities of known or suspected terrorists and terrorist associations. Combats the criminal exploitation of the student visa system. SRA Job Title: Criminal Investigative Specialist Clearance: Interim Secret, must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance Daily Responsibilities: SRA provides a ...
JOB SUMMARY: About the Agency Applications under this vacancy announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only. This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as OS/OSY-2015-0014. (Click here if you cannot find this vacancy in USAJOBS) The Office of Security is looking for an energetic, innovative team member who will enjoy working in a dynamic ...
Department of Veterans Affairs Bay Pines, FL
As a Criminal Investigator, you will: Plan, manage and conduct, independently or as a team leader, highly complex, sensitive and difficult criminal investigations. Assist the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), or the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) in the day-to-day operation and management of the Field Office or Resident Agency. Initiate contacts with Feder...
*****INTERNAL AGENCY OPPORTUNITY***** FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION DIVISION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT NORTHEAST REGION LE INVESTIGATOR 1 / INDIAN RIVER COUNTY (POSITION NUMBER 77000398) The duties of this position require a constituted state law enforcement officer (pursuant to 379.3313, F.S.) certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, empowered to enforc...
****INTERNAL AGENCY OPPORTUNITY**** FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION DIVISION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT SOUTHWEST REGION LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATOR 2 (CAPTIVE WILDLIFE) HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY / POSITION NUMBER 77073040 The duties of this position require a constituted state law enforcement officer (pursuant to 379.3313, F.S.) certified by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Co...
: Under general direction, Perform criminal investigations for cases not requiring a sworn law enforcement officer, such as delayed auto theft, criminal mischief, harassment, vandalism and fraud; Analyze, investigate and prepare reports for assigned investigations; determines justification for arrest in criminal investigations; keeps appropriate department members informed of investigation statu...
Department of Veterans Affairs Columbia, SC
This description is not intended to cover every aspect of the duties and responsibilities of this position. The Criminal Investigator plans and conducts investigations relating to alleged or suspected violations of criminal laws requiring a knowledge of investigative techniques, laws of evidence, rules of criminal procedures, and precedent court decisions concerning criminal activities. Independen...
Description Supplemental Questions Under supervision, conducts investigations in support of the District Attorney's Office, of alleged or suspected violations of criminal and civil laws. This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at www.sccjobs.org. Computers are available at the County Government Center...
Department of Veterans Affairs New York, NY
The Criminal Investigator position is located in the Police Service operation at the VAMC Syracuse, New York. The Investigator is responsible for planning and conducting investigations related to alleged or suspected violations of criminal laws and/or the character, practices, suitability, or qualification of persons or organizations seeking, claiming, or receiving Federal benefits, permits, or em...
JOB SUMMARY: About the Agency This position is with the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Investigations. The Office of Investigations is responsible for investigating allegations of criminal, civil, and administrative violations and employee misconduct relating to USAID's world-wide programs and operations. The United Sta...
JOB SUMMARY: About the Agency This position is with the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Investigations. The Office of Investigations is responsible for investigating allegations of criminal, civil, and administrative violations and employee misconduct relating to USAID's world-wide programs and operations. The United Sta...
Description Required to do analysis of law enforcement and national intelligence data to develop leads for investigative activity or further investigative/ data analysis with a background in training. Training duties will include courses both on-site and virtual. Will provide support to the primary trainer with classes on management and professional development to include lectures, web-based prog...
SRA International, Inc ARLINGTON, VA
Investigate non-immigrant visa holders who violate their immigration status as well as scrutinize the activities of known or suspected terrorists and terrorist associations. Combats the criminal exploitation of the student visa system. SRA provides a contract team of 95 Criminal Investigative Specialists and Intelligence Analysts (Team Leads) to support the ICE Counterterrorism and Criminal Explo...
SRA International, Inc ARLINGTON, VA
SRA provides a contract team of 95 Criminal Investigative Specialists and Intelligence Analysts (Team Leads) to support the ICE Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit (CTCEU), to include 2 subcontractors. The Specialists investigate non-immigrant visa holders who violate their immigration status as well as scrutinize the activities of known or suspected terrorists and terrorist associatio...
Description Data Analyst -Conducts data research, analysis and data entry into a proprietary database using data found in various websites, databases and internal documents. Perform file management of criminal investigative files and support documents. Perform analysis of law enforcement and national intelligence data to develop leads for investigative activity or further investigative/data analy...
Description Data Analyst -Conducts data research, analysis and data entry into a proprietary database using data found in various websites, databases and internal documents. Perform file management of criminal investigative files and support documents. Perform analysis of law enforcement and national intelligence data to develop leads for investigative activity or further investigative/data analy...
Corinthian Colleges, Inc Tampa, FL
Description PhD Online Adjunct Instructor for Graduate level classes—Criminal Justice / Criminal Investigation About Corinthian Colleges, Inc. If you're looking for an exciting opportunity with a robust company committed to changing students' lives and doing the right thing, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is the place for you. As one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America...

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