Does someone need a college education to become a Detective?
- IdealistLv 71 year ago
- jonniebabyLv 51 year ago
- 2 years ago
Depends on what you mean by detective.
1. Private Investigator:not required; experience and connections is more valued
2. Police Detective: Become a cop first (some jurisdictions don't require college) and get 3+ years experience before detective work
3. Intelligence Specialist: In the military, unless you want to be an officer, no college is required. However, to land a job in intelligence outside of the military, you'll need a bachelors at minimum with several years of experience
- Jerry SLv 72 years ago
- How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
- Tad DubiousLv 72 years ago
- jannsodyLv 72 years ago
Yes, a *police* detective may need at least a bachelor's (four-year) degree, which is considered a "college degree," such as in criminal justice, law enforcement, or police studies. It's my understanding that most police detectives need to have first gone through the police academy and become a police officer, including having worked as a patrol officer (which is a uniformed police officer who "patrols" a specific area).
A private detective or investigator does apparently need to have a license, too, as well as a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training, which may "last between several months to a year." Some jobs may require or prefer those with at least an Associate (two-year) degree, but perhaps some employers may prefer job applicants with a bachelor's degree, such as in criminal justice or law enforcement.
I'm presuming, however, that before one chooses to start his or her own P.I. agency, the person should've realistically had previous experience as a police detective.
For more general career info:
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ and can search.
Please consider finding out about doing some job shadowing, such as "ride alongs," before taking pre-req classes and/or applying for schooling.
- 2 years ago
- CarolOklaLv 72 years ago
No, but you do need one or more licenses.
- Anonymous2 years ago