|Salary Growth (2010–2016):||+15%|
|Change in Employees (2010–2016):||-1%|
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.
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.
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.
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.