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Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.   (O'Net 33-3021.03)

 
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    Wages
    for Detectives and Criminal Investigators which includes:
                          - Police Detectives
                          - Police Identification and Records Officers
                          - Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
                          - Immigration and Customs Inspectors
                          - Intelligence Analysts
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 24.55   $ 30.09   $ 37.56   $ 39.84   $ 55.83   $ 37.98  
    Yearly $51,060   $62,590   $78,120   $82,860   $116,120   $79,000  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 23.53   $ 29.77   $ 38.69   $ 46.95   $ 60.90   $ 40.10  
    Yearly $48,950   $61,930   $80,480   $97,660   $126,660   $83,400  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 21.79   $ 24.04   $ 37.60   $ 56.33   $ 60.90   $ 39.52  
    Yearly $45,320   $49,990   $78,210   $117,160   $126,670   $82,200  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 26.54   $ 31.37   $ 37.56   $ 38.70   $ 39.84   $ 35.93  
    Yearly $55,210   $65,260   $78,110   $80,490   $82,870   $74,740  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Detectives and Criminal Investigators which includes:
                                  - Police Detectives
                                  - Police Identification and Records Officers
                                  - Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
                                  - Immigration and Customs Inspectors
                                  - Intelligence Analysts
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 254 282 1.1% 9
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Detectives and Criminal Investigators which includes:
                                - Police Detectives
                                - Police Identification and Records Officers
                                - Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
                                - Immigration and Customs Inspectors
                                - Intelligence Analysts
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 41.5%
    Federal government, all industries 39.4%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 18.3%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 0.6%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 0.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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  • Prepare reports that detail investigation findings.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Criminal Investigators and Special Agents  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
    for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Criminal Investigators and Special Agents  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
    for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Criminal Investigators and Special Agents  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
    for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Criminal Investigators and Special Agents  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
    for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Criminal Investigators and Special Agents  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
    for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Criminal Investigators and Special Agents  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Criminal Investigators and Special Agents  updated July 2011
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Criminal Investigators and Special Agents  updated July 2011
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science.
     
    • Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism. (NEW)
     
    • Financial Forensics and Fraud Investigation. (NEW)
     
    • Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis. (NEW)
     
    • Law Enforcement Investigation and Interviewing. (NEW)
     
    • Suspension and Debarment Investigation. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Criminal Investigators and Special Agents 
     

     
     
     
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