Protect and Serve
Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Law enforcement officers’ duties depend on the size and type of organization in which they’re employed. Police and detective work can be physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous. Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree or advanced degree. Most police officers and detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before getting on-the-job training; candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications.
Average Annual Salary$62,138
Potential Career PathsPolice and Sheriff's Patrol Officers