Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
Median Annual Wage: $79,870
Education: High school diploma or equivalent (42%); Some college, no degree (24%); Post-secondary certificate (16%)
Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Related Job Titles: Agent; Investigator; Special Agent; Criminal Investigator; FBI Special Agent (Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent); Detective Sergeant; Detective; Police Detective; Narcotics Detective; Master Police Detective
Obtain and verify evidence by interviewing and observing suspects and witnesses or by analyzing records.
Identify case issues and evidence needed, based on analysis of charges, complaints, or allegations of law violations.
Investigate organized crime, public corruption, financial crime, copyright infringement, civil rights violations, bank robbery, extortion, kidnapping, and other violations of federal or state statutes.
Record evidence and documents, using equipment such as cameras and photocopy machines.
Obtain and use search and arrest warrants.
Testify before grand juries concerning criminal activity investigations.
Search for and collect evidence, such as fingerprints, using investigative equipment.
Determine scope, timing, and direction of investigations.
Collect and record physical information about arrested suspects, including fingerprints, height and weight measurements, and photographs.
Analyze evidence in laboratories or in the field.
Collaborate with other offices and agencies to exchange information and coordinate activities.
Develop relationships with informants to obtain information related to cases.
Perform undercover assignments and maintain surveillance, including monitoring authorized wiretaps.
Collaborate with other authorities on activities such as surveillance, transcription, and research.
Examine records to locate links in chains of evidence or information.