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Career and Education Opportunities for Police Officers in Texas

Texas has a population of 24,782,302, which has grown by 18.85% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Lone Star State," its capital is Austin, though its largest city is Houston.

Currently, 13,100 people work as police officers in Texas. This is expected to grow 30% to 16,990 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. In general, police officers conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

The income of a police officer is about $25 per hour or $53,790 yearly on average in Texas. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $29 per hour or $60,910 yearly on average. Police officers earn more than people working in the category of Police and Security generally in Texas and more than people in the Police and Security category nationally. People working as police officers can fill a number of jobs, such as: deputy sheriff, forgery/fraud investigator, and investigator.

In 2008, there were a total of 14,469,900 jobs in Texas. The average annual income was $37,809 in 2008, up from $36,838 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Texas was 7.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 23.2% of Texas residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Texas include petroleum products merchant wholesalers, petroleum products merchant wholesalers (except bulk stations), and other basic organic chemical manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Buffalo Soldier National Museum & Heritage Center, the Children's Museum of Houston, and the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.

CITIES WITH Police Officer OPPORTUNITIES IN Texas


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 Texas 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: Texas

Texas
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Texas has a population of 24,782,302, which has grown by 18.85% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Lone Star State," its capital is Austin, though its biggest city is Houston. In 2008, there were a total of 14,469,900 jobs in Texas. The average annual income was $37,809 in 2008, up from $36,838 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Texas was 7.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 23.2% of Texas residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Texas include petroleum products merchant wholesalers, petroleum products merchant wholesalers (except bulk stations), and other basic organic chemical manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the APT Galerie d' Art, the Art Car Museum, and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum.