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Historical Job Growth


Civilian Historical Job Growth

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Civilian Historical Job Growth

Job Outlook*

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations.

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Opportunities to Get Ahead*

Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance. In large departments, promotion may enable an officer to become a detective or to specialize in one type of police work, such as working with juveniles.

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Top States with the most civilian jobs

States: CA, TX, NY, FL, IL,
Data supplied by: Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center of Education Statistics, Defense Manpower Data Center
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