Detectives and Criminal Investigators

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

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. State and local government58.87%
  2. Federal government34.54%
  3. Private, for profit5.12%
  4. Self-employed0.78%
  5. Private, not for profit0.50%

Job Outlook

Overall employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 67,100 openings for police and detectives are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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