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Overview

All Police

  • $2,036 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Detectives

  • 3,500 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

Detectives investigate serious crimes, such as terrorism, homicide, armed robbery, vice and arson, and gather evidence to arrest and prosecute suspected offenders.

Specialisations: Detective Sergeant, Plain Clothes Police Officer.

You need to be an experienced Police Officer before you can apply for detective training.

Tasks
  • Investigates and prosecutes offences.
  • Secures and examines scenes of crimes and accidents to obtain evidence.
  • Protects witnesses and investigates official corruption.
  • Maintains public order and safety.
  • Patrols assigned areas to minimise potential for public disturbance and crime.
  • Investigates accidents, crimes, minor offences and citizens' complaints, gathering evidence, and pursuing, arresting and interviewing suspected offenders.
  • Tests persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and issues infringement notices for traffic offences.
  • Directs and re-routes traffic at congested areas.
  • Attends community meetings and answers inquiries.
  • Gives advice and assistance to victims of crime and their families.
  • Maintains records and prepares reports.

Prospects

Pathways

You need to be an experienced Police Officer before you can apply for detective training.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Police who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    78% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Public safety and security

    74% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Law and government

    74% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  4. Psychology

    70% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  5. Education and training

    62% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  6. English language

    61% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  7. Clerical

    57% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  8. Computers and electronics

    52% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Therapy and counselling

    52% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  10. Administration and management

    50% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Communications and media

    49% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  12. Sociology and anthropology

    48% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  13. Personnel and human resources

    44% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Transportation

    41% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  15. Geography

    41% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  16. Telecommunications

    39% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  17. Philosophy and theology

    38% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  18. Mathematics

    35% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  19. Foreign language

    31% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  20. Economics and accounting

    25% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Complex problem solving

    55% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  5. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  6. Social perceptiveness

    55% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  7. Judgment and decision making

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  8. Active learning

    54% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  10. Negotiation

    48% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  11. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  12. Persuasion

    46% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  13. Time management

    45% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Serving others

    45% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Systems evaluation

    45% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  19. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    37% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  2. Problem spotting

    61% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  3. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Oral expression

    59% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  6. Speech clarity

    57% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  7. Speech recognition

    57% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  8. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  10. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  11. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  13. Far vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  14. Categorising

    50% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  15. Flexibility of closure

    46% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  16. Visualization

    46% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  17. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Speed of recognition

    45% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Finger dexterity

    37% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Communicating with the public

    78% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    78% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    77% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Working with the public

    75% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  5. Researching and investigating

    74% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Building good relationships

    73% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Looking for changes over time

    71% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  8. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    70% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    69% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  10. Documenting or recording information

    69% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  11. Communicating within a team

    68% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Collecting and organising information

    67% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    65% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    65% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  15. Thinking creatively

    64% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    60% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    59% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  18. Explaining things to people

    57% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Working with computers

    52% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    48% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3021.01 - Police Detectives.

Work Environment

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.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Electronic mail

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with people

    97% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  5. Contact with the public

    97% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    93% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  8. Impact of decisions

    92% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  9. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Frequent decision making

    91% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  11. Unstructured work

    90% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  14. Consequence of error

    87% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  15. Conflict situations

    86% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    85% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Angry or unpleasant people

    84% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  18. Letters and memos

    84% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  19. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    83% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  20. Health and safety of others

    82% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Working conditions

    74% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    81% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Enterprising

    81% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Practical

    52% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  5. Helping

    48% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3021.01 - Police Detectives.

All Police

  • $2,036 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Detectives

  • 3,500 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

Detectives investigate serious crimes, such as terrorism, homicide, armed robbery, vice and arson, and gather evidence to arrest and prosecute suspected offenders.

Specialisations: Detective Sergeant, Plain Clothes Police Officer.

You need to be an experienced Police Officer before you can apply for detective training.

Tasks
  • Investigates and prosecutes offences.
  • Secures and examines scenes of crimes and accidents to obtain evidence.
  • Protects witnesses and investigates official corruption.
  • Maintains public order and safety.
  • Patrols assigned areas to minimise potential for public disturbance and crime.
  • Investigates accidents, crimes, minor offences and citizens' complaints, gathering evidence, and pursuing, arresting and interviewing suspected offenders.
  • Tests persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and issues infringement notices for traffic offences.
  • Directs and re-routes traffic at congested areas.
  • Attends community meetings and answers inquiries.
  • Gives advice and assistance to victims of crime and their families.
  • Maintains records and prepares reports.

You need to be an experienced Police Officer before you can apply for detective training.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Public Safety VET training pathways.

Employers look for Police who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    78% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Public safety and security

    74% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Law and government

    74% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  4. Psychology

    70% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  5. Education and training

    62% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  6. English language

    61% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  7. Clerical

    57% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  8. Computers and electronics

    52% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Therapy and counselling

    52% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  10. Administration and management

    50% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Communications and media

    49% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  12. Sociology and anthropology

    48% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  13. Personnel and human resources

    44% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Transportation

    41% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  15. Geography

    41% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  16. Telecommunications

    39% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  17. Philosophy and theology

    38% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  18. Mathematics

    35% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  19. Foreign language

    31% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  20. Economics and accounting

    25% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Complex problem solving

    55% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  5. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  6. Social perceptiveness

    55% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  7. Judgment and decision making

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  8. Active learning

    54% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  9. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  10. Negotiation

    48% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  11. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  12. Persuasion

    46% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  13. Time management

    45% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Serving others

    45% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Systems evaluation

    45% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  19. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    37% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  2. Problem spotting

    61% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  3. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Oral expression

    59% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  6. Speech clarity

    57% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  7. Speech recognition

    57% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  8. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  10. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  11. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  13. Far vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  14. Categorising

    50% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  15. Flexibility of closure

    46% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  16. Visualization

    46% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  17. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Speed of recognition

    45% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Finger dexterity

    37% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Communicating with the public

    78% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    78% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    77% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Working with the public

    75% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  5. Researching and investigating

    74% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  6. Building good relationships

    73% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Looking for changes over time

    71% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  8. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    70% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    69% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  10. Documenting or recording information

    69% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  11. Communicating within a team

    68% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Collecting and organising information

    67% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    65% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    65% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  15. Thinking creatively

    64% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    60% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    59% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  18. Explaining things to people

    57% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Working with computers

    52% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    48% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3021.01 - Police Detectives.

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Electronic mail

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with people

    97% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  5. Contact with the public

    97% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    93% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  8. Impact of decisions

    92% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  9. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Frequent decision making

    91% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  11. Unstructured work

    90% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  14. Consequence of error

    87% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  15. Conflict situations

    86% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    85% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Angry or unpleasant people

    84% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  18. Letters and memos

    84% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  19. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    83% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  20. Health and safety of others

    82% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Working conditions

    74% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    81% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Enterprising

    81% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Practical

    52% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  5. Helping

    48% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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