Criminal investigator

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How to become a Criminal Investigator

Follow these steps to become a criminal investigator:

  1. Obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal law, forensic science or relevant field. While completing the degree coursework, you should develop a deep understanding of criminal law, legislation and rules.
  2. Undergo on-the-job training to become familiar with various types of evidence such as direct, hearsay, circumstantial and trace evidence and the rules around their admissibility. During this period, you should strive to understand the process of investigation.
  3. Gain hands-on experience with forensic science and crime scene analysis. This ensures a practicing criminal investigator develops critical thinking and ethical reasoning.
  4. Grasp the essential skills and competencies of law enforcement, such as the ability to be ethical and honest, the ability to observe minute details and produce a detailed report, proficiency in interpreting evidence, high confidentiality and integrity, excellent communication skills, good interpersonal skills and strong analytical skills.

What skills help Criminal Investigators find jobs?

  • Computer Forensics
  • Fraud
  • Tribal Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mobile Devices
  • Google Suite
  • Malware Analysis
  • Military Experience
  • Section 8
  • Conflict Management
  • Qualitative Research Interviewing
  • Administrative Experience

Career progression for Criminal Investigator

Education levels for Criminal Investigators

2%6%7%24%60%Doctoral DegreeAssociate's DegreeMaster's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GEDBachelor's Degree

Based on the requirements of Criminal Investigator job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience68k69k70k72k73kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Criminal Investigator in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Criminal Investigators

  • Certified Court Reporter
  • Driver's License
  • GCFA
  • Non-CDL Class C
  • SANS GIAC
  • OTR
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Peace Officer Certification
  • CISSP
  • Bar
  • Real Estate License
  • CDL