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Career and Education Opportunities for Police Officers in California

California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its largest city is Los Angeles.

Currently, 11,300 people work as police officers in California. This is expected to grow by 27% to 14,300 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for police officers, which sees this job pool growing by about 16.6% over the next eight years. Police officers generally conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

Police officers earn about $37 hourly or $78,170 annually on average in California and about $29 per hour or $60,910 per year on average nationally. Incomes for police officers are better than in the overall category of Police and Security in California, and better than the overall Police and Security category nationally. Jobs in this field include: detective supervisor, police captain, and criminal investigations division investigator.

In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 in 2007. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Approximately 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist attractions include the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, the Berenbaum Group, and the Black Maria Art Gallery.

CITIES WITH Police Officer OPPORTUNITIES IN California


JOB DESCRIPTION: Police Officer

In general, police officers conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

Every day, police officers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they think through problems and come up with general rules.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in California include:

  • Chief of Police. Supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
  • Correctional Officer. Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institution in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
  • Criminal Investigator. Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
  • Customs Inspector. Investigate and inspect persons, common carriers, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.
  • Fire Code Inspector. Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.
  • Fire Inspector. Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.
  • Police Records Officer. Collect evidence at crime scenes, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.
  • Policeman. Patrol assigned areas to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, and arrest violators.
  • Private Investigator. Detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment, or seek, examine, and compile information for client.
  • Security Guard. Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.
  • Sheriff. Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.
  • Transportation Security Officer. Inspect baggage or cargo and screen passengers to detect and prevent potentially dangerous objects from being transported into secure areas or onto aircraft.

LOCATION INFORMATION: California

California
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California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its biggest city is Los Angeles. In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 in 2007. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Roughly 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist destinations include the American Society of Military History & Museum, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and the Black Maria Art Gallery.