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33-3021.01 - Police Detectives

Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

Sample of reported job titles: Detective, Fugitive Detective, Investigator, Police Detective, Narcotics Detective, Fugitive Investigator, Narcotics Investigator, Detective Sergeant, Detective Supervisor, Sex Crimes Detective

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
94   Core Provide testimony as a witness in court.
91   Core Secure deceased body and obtain evidence from it, preventing bystanders from tampering with it prior to medical examiner's arrival.
89   Core Examine crime scenes to obtain clues and evidence, such as loose hairs, fibers, clothing, or weapons.
88   Core Obtain evidence from suspects.
88   Core Record progress of investigation, maintain informational files on suspects, and submit reports to commanding officer or magistrate to authorize warrants.
87   Core Check victims for signs of life, such as breathing and pulse.
87   Core Prepare charges or responses to charges, or information for court cases, according to formalized procedures.
86   Core Obtain facts or statements from complainants, witnesses, and accused persons and record interviews, using recording device.
86   Core Prepare and serve search and arrest warrants.
85   Core Note, mark, and photograph location of objects found, such as footprints, tire tracks, bullets and bloodstains, and take measurements of the scene.
84   Core Preserve, process, and analyze items of evidence obtained from crime scenes and suspects, placing them in proper containers and destroying evidence no longer needed.
84   Core Question individuals or observe persons and establishments to confirm information given to patrol officers.
84   Core Secure persons at scene, keeping witnesses from conversing or leaving the scene before investigators arrive.
84   Core Take photographs from all angles of relevant parts of a crime scene, including entrance and exit routes and streets and intersections.
84   Core Analyze completed police reports to determine what additional information and investigative work is needed.
84   Core Obtain summary of incident from officer in charge at crime scene, taking care to avoid disturbing evidence.
84   Core Provide information to lab personnel concerning the source of an item of evidence and tests to be performed.
84   Core Examine records and governmental agency files to find identifying data about suspects.
83   Core Block or rope off scene and check perimeter to ensure that entire scene is secured.
81   Core Summon medical help for injured individuals and alert medical personnel to take statements from them.
80   Core Observe and photograph narcotic purchase transactions to compile evidence and protect undercover investigators.
79   Core Organize scene search, assigning specific tasks and areas of search to individual officers and obtaining adequate lighting as necessary.
79   Core Participate or assist in raids and arrests.
78   Core Coordinate with outside agencies and serve on interagency task forces to combat specific types of crime.
78   Core Note relevant details upon arrival at scene, such as time of day and weather conditions.
78   Core Maintain surveillance of establishments to obtain identifying information on suspects.
77   Core Notify command of situation and request assistance.
77   Core Videotape scenes where possible, including collection of evidence, examination of victim at scene, and defendants and witnesses.
74   Core Notify, or request notification of, medical examiner or district attorney representative.
81   Supplemental Monitor conditions of victims who are unconscious so that arrangements can be made to take statements if consciousness is regained.
63   Supplemental Schedule polygraph tests for consenting parties and record results of test interpretations for presentation with findings.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Biological evidence collection kits — Blood collection kits; Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA collection kits
Emergency medical services first aid kits — First aid kits
Footprint lifters — Electrostatic dust lifters; Impression casting kits
Handcuffs — Metal handcuffs; Plastic handcuffs
Handguns — Semiautomatic pistols; Service revolvers
Masks or accessories — Filter masks
Notebook computers — Laptop computers; Mobile data computers
Physiological recorders — Polygraphs; Voice stress analyzers
Surveillance video or audio recorders — Audio recording equipment; Digital tape recorders
Two way radios

Technology used in this occupation:

Charting software — Microsoft Office Visio
Data base user interface and query software — DataWorks Plus Digital CrimeScene; Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS; National Crime Information Center NCIC database; National Integrated Ballistics Information Network NIBIN * (see all 6 examples)
Desktop publishing software — Microsoft Publisher
Graphics or photo imaging software — DeChant Consulting Services iWitness; DesignWare 3D EyeWitness; Digital Image Management Solutions Crime Scene; The CAD Zone The Crime Zone (see all 10 examples)
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Map creation software — Crime mapping software; Geographic information system GIS software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Corel WordPerfect software; Microsoft Word

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

See all 52 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
95   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
94   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.
82   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
71   Psychology — 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.
70   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
69   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
66   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.
62   Clerical — 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.
57   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.
56   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
52   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
50   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.
48   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
47   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
45   Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
45   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
43   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
40   Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
38   Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
34   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
29   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
28   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
27   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
26   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
23   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
23   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
21   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
21   History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
20   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
14   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
11   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
81   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
78   Active Listening — 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.
75   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
72   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
66   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
66   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
63   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
60   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
60   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
60   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
60   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
53   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
53   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
50   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
50   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
47   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
47   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
44   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
44   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
38   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
38   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
28   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
28   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
22   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
22   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
16   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
16   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
13   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
13   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
 Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
81   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
81   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
81   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
78   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
78   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
75   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
72   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
72   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
69   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
66   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
60   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
60   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
56   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
56   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
56   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
53   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
53   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
53   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
50   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
50   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
47   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
47   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
47   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
47   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
44   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
44   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
44   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
44   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
41   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
41   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
41   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
41   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
41   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
38   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
35   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
31   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
31   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
31   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
28   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
28   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
28   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
25   Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
25   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
25   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
25   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
22   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
22   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
91   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Document legal or regulatory information.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports.
  • Record crime or accident scene evidence with video or still cameras.
  • Record information about environmental conditions.
  • Record information about suspects or criminals.
89   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Examine crime scenes to obtain evidence.
  • Examine records or other types of data to investigate criminal activities.
  • Interview people to gather information about criminal activities.
  • Observe individuals' activities to gather information or compile evidence.
  • Use databases to locate investigation details or other information.
89   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
89   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
86   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
85   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
85   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to share information.
  • Collaborate with outside groups to develop programs or projects.
  • Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel.
  • Request emergency personnel.
82   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
79   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
79   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
77   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
77   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
76   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
75   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
72   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
72   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
71   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
69   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze crime scene evidence.
69   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
69   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
69   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Maintain surveillance of individuals or establishments.
69   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
65   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Apprehend criminal suspects.
  • Block physical access to restricted areas.
  • Detain suspects or witnesses.
  • Prevent unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas.
62   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
60   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Check physical condition of people or animals.
58   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
58   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
57   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
55   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
55   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Process forensic or legal evidence in accordance with procedures.
  • Serve court ordered documents.
53   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
52   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
47   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Direct criminal investigations.
41   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
40   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
33   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
31   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
31   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
24   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
21   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
20   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
99   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
97   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
96   Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
94   Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?
93   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
93   In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
92   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
92   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
89   Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
89   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
87   Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
84   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
84   Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
83   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
83   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
82   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
82   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
82   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
78   Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
77   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
71   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
68   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
66   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
63   Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?
62   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
61   Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
60   Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
60   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
55   Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
54   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
53   Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
51   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
50   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
48   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
48   Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
45   Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
43   Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
42   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
38   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
34   Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
33   Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
31   Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
31   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
30   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
27   Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
27   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
26   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
24   Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?
21   Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
16   Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
12   Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
12   Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
  In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
  Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
  Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
  Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
  Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience 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.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, interviewers, and insurance sales agents.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
45   High school diploma or equivalent Help
21   Associate's degree
16   Some college, no degree

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
78   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
78   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
45   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
45   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
39   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
96   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
95   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
93   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
91   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
87   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
84   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
83   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
83   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
82   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
82   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
78   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
77   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
76   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
73   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
72   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
67   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
72   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
70   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
67   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
67   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
67   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
61   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Related Occupations   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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33-2021.01 Fire Inspectors
33-2021.02 Fire Investigators
33-3012.00 Correctional Officers and Jailers Bright Outlook
33-3021.03 Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
33-3051.01 Police Patrol Officers Bright Outlook
33-3051.03 Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs   Bright Outlook Bright Outlook  
53-2022.00 Airfield Operations Specialists

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Wages & Employment Trends

National

Median wages data collected from Detectives and Criminal Investigators.
Employment data collected from Detectives and Criminal Investigators.
Industry data collected from Detectives and Criminal Investigators.

Median wages (2012) $35.72 hourly, $74,300 annual
Employment (2012) 115,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 27,700
Top industries (2012)
Government (100% employed in this sector)

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Police and Detectives external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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