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Gloria Said:Being a 48 year old(what is good career for someone changing career path?)?
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We Answered:Become an aircraft engine mechanic- 6 months of school, paid for with your GI benefits, and you can earn up to 150K per year straight out of school...
Jennie Said:what education/degrees help to establish a career as a homicide detective?
We Answered:You have it backwards..........
A murder squad member is at the top of the career ladder in the Police world. NO ONE walks in off the street, and gets to be a "homicide cop ". Never happen.
here is the usual progression, from day one at the Police college.
New entries are going to spend from two to six months, depending on the department that has hired them , becoming trained to a BASIC level, to go out and do uniform duties, for at least 3 to 5 years of street patrol. Then they MAY get the chance to work some "plain clothes duties " such as youth or robbery details, under a experienced partner and unit SGT. This is a much to test them, as it is to give them some actual investigative experience .
Then they may be allowed to write the exam to become an investigator, and they will do at least a few years on general investigative duties, THEN depending on the department's size and staff movement, they MAY be able to move to homicide as a "newby "
That progression may take from 8 to 15 years, depending on who retires, or leaves the department , and the individuals own ability/drive and professional training.
In any large city or state Police depatment, the homicide unit is the "big show : and they aren't going to let a civillian walk in, regardless of their "educational levels ". Police departments are VERY rank conscious, and every one has to "get their ticket punched " as they move up the ladder of experience and promotional testing.
If you are older than about 35 , you may never be able to get to that exalted position, due to the time needed to start " at the bottom " and crawl up the promotions ladder.
Remember that only about 1 out of 5 applicants ever make it to the final interview stage for large Police department hiring, and of that number, even fewer are actually selected for basic police training, and of that number at least 10 to 20 percent drop out with in a year of putting on the blue suit. It is NOT a job for "everyone ".
My point ?
Your "dream " is not at all realistic . Sorry.
Jim B. Toronto.