Investigative Analyst

Investigative analysts who are sometimes called “criminal investigators” or “special agents” are responsible for conducting investigative research and determining if enough evidence exists to accuse an individual a group or an organization of a crime. Investigative analysts work for governmental regulatory agencies district attorney offices private and public organizations and individuals who suspect that a person or a group is not abiding by the law. They work in various realms and their jobs have varying goals. For example an investigative analyst may be hired by a large corporation to conduct private investigations of various internal departments to make sure their employees are operating correctly legally and ethically. Other investigative analysts are hired to determine if individuals who claim to be permanently injured due to a work-place accident are telling the truth. Depending on their experience level they may be responsible for meeting with individuals involved in the investigation or they may be an investigative supervisor who is in charge of determining the steps and direction that the investigation will take. They often accomplish their investigations by conducting interviews administering surveillance equipment and confronting individuals who are either directly or indirectly related to the investigation. According to the website some employers prefer that their investigative analysts have experience in the law enforcement field or another investigation-related discipline. An associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in a field such as computer science statistics or legal studies is helpful for this profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the annual salary for investigative Analysts between $23500 and $76640 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $50070
High Salary: $76640
Low Salary: $23500
Tasks: Investigates suspected criminal activity.
Obtains and verifies evidence.
Prepares investigative reports.
Helps to determine if evidence warrants criminal prosecution.
Also Called: Private Investigator
Criminal Investigator
Special Agent
Crime Analyst
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