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Police protect and preserve property, public order and safety through the enforcement of laws.
Investigates serious crimes, such as terrorism, homicide, armed robbery, vice and arson, and gathers evidence to arrest and prosecute suspected offenders.
Specialisations: Detective Sergeant, Plain Clothes Police Officer
Maintains public order, and enforces laws by investigating crimes, patrolling public areas and arresting suspected offenders.
Specialisations: Bomb Squad Officer, Mounted Police Officer, Search and Rescue Officer, Tactical Response Group Officer
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Employment projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a very large occupation employing 58,300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.
An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Around one third of workers have a university degree. Even with a qualification, on-the-job training is necessary.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Police who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving conflicts, and negotiating with people.
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.