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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Job Description The Finance Department seeks to hire responsible detail-oriented individuals to perform the duties of a sheriff’s criminal investigator. Assigned in the Sheriff’s Office – Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), the selected candidates will handle complex and hazardous criminal investigations, enforce department policies and procedures, and recommend resolutions to issues dealing ...
Experteer Arlington, VA
JOB SUMMARY: About the Agency Applicants who previously applied under DE-14-MSHA-113 and DE-15-MSHA-079 MUST reapply under this announcement to receive consideration. DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive w...
JOB SUMMARY: About the Agency Are you skilled with the search and seizure of digital evidence and the eDiscovery process? Do you have prior Federal Law Enforcement experience with a background conducting digital forensic analysis of evidentiary items in the support of financial fraud investigations? Are you familiar with eDiscovery tools and producing evidentiary material with eDiscovery process...
JOB SUMMARY: About the Agency Are you skilled with the search and seizure of digital evidence and the eDiscovery process? Do you have prior Federal Law Enforcement experience with a background conducting digital forensic analysis of evidentiary items in the support of financial fraud investigations? Are you familiar with eDiscovery tools and producing evidentiary material with eDiscovery process...
Faculty Adjunct If you’re looking for an exciting opportunity with a company committed to changing students’ lives and doing the right thing, we are the place for you. We are on the cutting-edge of the industry and forging ahead into a new era of leadership, growth and innovation. We currently operate multiple campuses through Everest College, WyoTech and Heald College and are dedicated to delive...
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 associations. Our unit also combats the criminal exploitation of the student visa system. Daily responsibilities of the Criminal Investigative Specialist include researching over 25 government and open source (OSINT) databa...
Clearance: Interim Secret, must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance 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 associations. Our unit also combats the criminal exploitation of the student visa system. Daily responsibilities of the Criminal Investigative Specia...
SRA International, Inc ARLINGTON, VA
Job Description: 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 Responsibilitie...
Criminal Investigator Location Negotiable After Selection, DC Duties: The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. Work with the Technical Surveillance Program Manager to assist in developing policy and proce...
Department of Veterans Affairs District of Columbia, DC
The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. Work with the Technical Surveillance Program Manager to assist in developing policy and procedures as it relates to the use and implementation electronic surveillance...
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 ...
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: Plans, conducts, and in some assignments, leads complex and sensitive criminal investigations of suspected violations of federal criminal laws. Conducts investigations of suspected breaches of other laws, regulations, and policies. Participates in activities designed to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in programs and operations of the Board, to include Board delegated...
Plans, conducts, and in some assignments, leads complex and sensitive criminal investigations of suspected violations of federal criminal laws. Conducts investigations of suspected breaches of other laws, regulations, and policies. Participates in activities designed to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in programs and operations of the Board, to include Board delegated functions. Operate...
Job Description: 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 Responsibilitie...
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...

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