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What I want to be when I grow up

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Nicole G

on 2 November 2015

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Transcript of What I want to be when I grow up

Working conditions of criminal investigators are demanding, dangerous, and stressful. Sometimes you will have to work overtime or on holidays. Plus, being at crime scenes can be very mentally challenging because of the type of scenes you encounter. You must also be physically fit.
Criminal investigators have many responsibilities including:
collect and record evidence
interview suspects and witnesses
keep sketches
keep notes on autopsies
file paperwork
Working Conditions
What do you want to be when you grow up?

By: Nicole G.
To be a criminal investigator, you must have a four year science degree. Degrees in forensic science, psychology, or criminology is not required but helps your chance of getting the job. Only a few jobs require someone to have a high school deploma or GED.

You can become a criminal investigator through many processes of application like:
online application
structured interview
personal interview

You have to take a drug test and a medical exam to become a criminal investigator. You also have to take a background check and you must be able to handle firearms.
If you find out being a criminal investigator isn't right for you, you can always choose one of these similar jobs:
Police and detectives
financial advisors
private or federal investigators
computer forensics
The average yearly salary of a criminal investigator is $53k yearly, with the highest paid being $103k and the lowest being $31k. How much you get paid depends on how much experience you have.
What is a Criminal Investigator?
Crime investigators are the people who investigate and solve crimes, from burglaries to homicides. To do this they must find evidence like witnesses, records, and video surveilance.
"Become a Criminal Investigator." Become a Criminal Investigator. U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, n.d. Web. 28 May 2015.
Criminal investigator jobs are expected to increase 20% in the next five years according to the The United Stated Bureau for Labor Statistics. Competition for jobs in the federal and state will be higher than local governments.
"What Is a Criminal Investigator?" Legal Career Path. N.p., 12 Feb. 2013. Web. 28 May 2015.
Alliance, University. "Detective and Criminal Investigator Career and Salary Profile." Florida Tech Online. Bisk Education, 2015. Web. 28 May 2015.
High School Classes
Classes that will prepare you to become a criminal investigator include:
visual arts
civics and political science
physical education
Good Areas for Criminal Investigators
The best colleges to enroll in for a criminal degree are:
San Francisco State University
University of New Haven
University of Minnesota
West University of Florida
"Private Detectives and Investigators." United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8 Jan. 2014. Web. 1 June 2015.
Career Path
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Security Supervisor
Police Chief
The areas with the highest rate of employment are suburban areas. Texas has the highest rate of employment for criminal investigators, but California has the highest paid investigators.
"Detectives and Criminal Investigators." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 03 June 2015.
Application Process
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