Canada’s Best Jobs: Police Officer

 
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Police Officer

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Median Salary: $83,990
Salary Growth (2010–2016): +15%
Total Employees: 78,400
Change in Employees (2010–2016): -1%

Job Description:

Hopefully you’re not too familiar with the responsibilities of a police officer—namely, enforcing the law. They patrol asssigned areas, investigate crimes, search premises, apprehend suspects, and provide testimony in court.

Job Qualifications:

It’s increasingly expected that applicants complete a college or university program in law and security. They’ll need to pass physical and psychological tests, too, given the physical demands of the job. If you qualify for a position, cadets will go through three-to-six months of police training.

Salary:

Calls by municipal governments to reduce police budgets have generally shown to be all talk, no action. In fact, there’s been a 15% increase in the median salary over the past five years, rising to $84,000.

Career Opportunity:

The job outlook for police officers across Canada is good, though some places may be hard to squeeze into, particularly Toronto. Once you’re in a police force, you can move between positions given additional training and experience.


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