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Criminal Investigator

Criminal investigators work to investigate criminal violations of the laws to determine through evidence what prosecution is needed. Criminal investigators collect and analyze evidence. They also interview and observe the behaviors of suspects and witnesses. They record all of their findings and analyze it to piece together the different parts of a case.

Criminal investigators also prepare detailed reports of their findings. In certain cases, they are also called upon to testify before juries concerning criminal activity. Criminal investigators investigate organized and financial crime, public corruption, extortion, kidnapping, and other federal and state violations.

Quick Facts:

  • Education Requirements: Four-year degree
  • Job Increase: Expected to increase faster than average within the next decade

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