Detective Career


A detective career revolves around the investigation, prevention, solution of crimes done to people or property.  He is trained to use various techniques and tools to solve or prevent crimes.  He is tasked to interview and investigate, gather evidences, look for sources of information, provide documentation and reports, and assist in arresting criminals.  Aside from criminal cases, the detective takes part in civil cases, fraud cases, protection cases, child custody cases, missing person cases, screenings, and insurance claims.  At times he is hired by celebrities or high profile executives to render services of protection.  The job of the detective is based on the needs of his clients. This type of career requires an individual with formal education as well as specific skills.

How to become a Detective

To become a detective, one must earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in police science, criminology, law or other related field.  Employers provide the necessary training for newly hired detectives.  One must get involve in trainings, conferences, and seminars provided by professional associations. Taking refresher courses related to the job will help one gain skills as well as techniques.  Gain relevant experience such as law enforcement.  Obtain a license and certification as required by one’s employer or location.  Certification may be obtainedthrough the National Association of Legal Investigators.

Detective Courses, training, programs

A degree in police science will give an aspiring detective the necessary knowledge and skills.  The program covers various areas such as law enforcement, criminal justice system, crime investigation, security, public relations, crime prevention, report writing, criminal law, civil law, arrest law, private security, police organization, and process of policing.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

Weber State University, Utah

York College of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

University of Duque, Iowa

Kaplan University (online learning)

American InterContinental University (online learning, Georgia, Florida, Texas)

Detective Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

A detective has the opportunity to earn from $30,686 to $99,933 per year depending on the work location, employer, experience, and benefits.   Employment may be secured in various industries such as law enforcement, government, business intelligence or private investigation, public law offices, military, and armed forces.

Category: Legal Careers

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