Projected Growth: Slower than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
Common job titles of Criminal Investigators include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
41.84% said they needed a High School Diploma.
23.7% said they needed a Some College Courses.
Identify case issues and evidence needed, based on analysis of charges, complaints, or allegations of law violations.
Obtain and verify evidence by interviewing and observing suspects and witnesses or by analyzing records.
Determine scope, timing, and direction of investigations.
Prepare reports that detail investigation findings.
Collect and record physical information about arrested suspects, including fingerprints, height and weight measurements, and photographs.
Search for and collect evidence, such as fingerprints, using investigative equipment.
Collaborate with other authorities on activities, such as surveillance, transcription, and research.
Compare crime scene fingerprints with those from suspects or fingerprint files to identify perpetrators, using computers.
Develop relationships with informants to obtain information related to cases.
Serve subpoenas or other official papers.
Obtain and use search and arrest warrants.
Investigate organized crime, public corruption, financial crime, copyright infringement, civil rights violations, bank robbery, extortion, kidnapping, and other violations of federal or state statutes.
Analyze evidence in laboratories or in the field.
Collaborate with other offices and agencies to exchange information and coordinate activities.
Examine records to locate links in chains of evidence or information.
Record evidence and documents, using equipment such as cameras and photocopy machines.
Perform undercover assignments and maintain surveillance, including monitoring authorized wiretaps.
Testify before grand juries concerning criminal activity investigations.
Issue security clearances.
Manage security programs designed to protect personnel, facilities, and information.
Provide protection for individuals, such as government leaders, political candidates, and visiting foreign dignitaries.
Administer counterterrorism and counternarcotics reward programs.
Ultraviolet UV lights
Two way radios
Suspect fingerprinting equipment
Riot shieldsAll Tools
Police patrol cars
Mobile data computers
Instant print cameras
Impression casting kits
Fingerprint evidence kits
Drug testing kits
Distance measuring wheels
Digital voice recorders
Digital video cameras
Crime scene tape measures
Crime scene rulers
Blood collection kits
Audio recording equipment
35 millimeter cameras
Case management software
Computer aided composite drawing software
Crime mapping software
Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
Law enforcement information databasesAll Technologies
National Integrated Ballistics Information Network NIBIN
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.