In the Air Force:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator; Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator Journeyman; All Source Intelligence Analyst Journeyman; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Journeyman; Fusion Analyst Craftsman; Fusion Analyst Helper, Digital Network Analyst; Human Intelligence Specialist Craftsman; Security Forces Apprentice, Combat Arms; Security Forces Helper, Military Working Dog Handler; Special Investigations
In the Army:
Area Intelligence Technician; CID Special Agent; Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant; Combat Medic Specialist; Counter-Intelligence Technician; Human Intelligence Collector; Military Police; Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief; Signals Intelligence Analyst; Special Forces Weapons Sergeant; Unit Supply Specialist
Whether on foot, wheels, or horseback, detectives and police officers are alert for any threat to public safety, ready to respond at a moment’s notice when a need occurs. Police and sheriff’s officers protect lives and property. They respond to emergency and patrol their assigned area for signs of criminal activity. They wear recognizable uniforms, and may conduct searches and arrest suspected criminals. Some officers specialize in one type of crime, such as narcotics. Detectives and criminal investigators, or agents, gather facts and evidence of possible crimes. They conduct interviews, observe the activities of suspects, and participate in raids and arrests. Detectives often wear plain clothes, and usually specialize in investigating one type of crime, such as homicide or fraud. Transit and railroad police patrol railroad yards and transit stations to prevent thefts and protect property. Police and detective work requires patience, and paperwork; officers document every incident in detail, and must be ready to testify in court. Most officers carry law enforcement tools, such as radios, handcuffs, and firearms. Police and detective work can be physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous; injuries are common. Despite working shifts around the clock and dealing with life-threatening situations, officers must stay calm, think clearly, and use good judgment at all times. Most positions require graduation from a law enforcement agency’s training academy and extensive on-the-job training. Police officers and detectives need a license to carry firearms and enforce the law. Typically, candidates must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years old, and in excellent physical and mental health, with no felony convictions.
What they do:
Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
On the job, you would:
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.
Safety and Government
law and government
public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
Education and Training
teaching and course design
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
understanding people's reactions
changing what is done based on other people's actions
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
use rules to solve problems
do two or more things at the same time
pay attention to something without being distracted
Hearing and Speech
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
Law enforcement information databases
Electronic mail software
Graphics or photo imaging software
Computer aided composite drawing software
high school diploma/GED or some college usually needed
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