Median Salary: $81,598
Salary Growth (2009–2015): +17%
Total Employees: 72,400
Change in Employees (2009–2015): -9%
This category doesn’t require much explanation: police officers are there to protect the public, detect and prevent crime. They work for municipal and federal governments, and some provincial and regional governments.
Technically, a high school diploma is all you need. But it’s a physically demanding job, so having lots of endurance is more important than having academic skills. If you qualify, you’ll go through police training, usually a three to six-month program. But it’s becoming increasingly common for aspiring cops to enrol in police foundations programs offered by colleges, and university degree programs with a focus in law, security or in the social sciences are also popular.
Despite calls to reduce government spending on police, it’s unlikely that you’ll see any significant downward pressure on officers’ wages. In fact, over the last five years, median wages have grown by 16.6%.
Policing is treated as an essential expenditure, so jobs are well-insulated from other economic drivers. Currently, there are 1.14 jobs to every job seeker and the long-term outlook for police jobs is balanced.