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Career and Education Opportunities for Police Officers in Nevada

Nevada has a population of 2,643,085, which has grown by 32.27% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Silver State," its capital is Carson City, though its most populous city is Las Vegas.

There are currently 550 working police officers in Nevada; this should grow by 33% to 730 working police officers in the state 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. In general, police officers conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

A person working as a police officer can expect to earn about $32 hourly or $67,800 annually on average in Nevada and about $29 per hour or $60,910 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Police and Security, people working as police officers in Nevada earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Police and Security nationally. Jobs in this field include: fugitive detective, forgery/fraud investigator, and homicide investigator.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,638,004 jobs in Nevada. The average annual income was $40,936 in 2008, up from $40,930 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Nevada was 11.8% in 2009, which has grown by 5.1% since the previous year. Roughly 18.2% of Nevada residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nevada include accommodation services, accommodation, and traveler accommodation. Notable tourist attractions include the Neon Museum, the Lied Discovery Children's Museum, and the Sin Gentlemen's Club.

CITIES WITH Police Officer OPPORTUNITIES IN Nevada


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 Nevada 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.
  • 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: Nevada

Nevada
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Nevada has a population of 2,643,085, which has grown by 32.27% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Silver State," its capital is Carson City, though its largest city is Las Vegas. In 2008, there were a total of 1,638,004 jobs in Nevada. The average annual income was $40,936 in 2008, up from $40,930 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Nevada was 11.8% in 2009, which has grown by 5.1% since the previous year. About 18.2% of Nevada residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nevada include accommodation services, accommodation, and traveler accommodation. Notable tourist attractions include the Sin Gentlemen's Club, the Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, and the Lied Discovery Children's Museum.