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Career opportunities in law enforcement, security, and protective services
Echaore-McDavid, Susan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Checkmark Books, [2000]

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xiv, 239 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm

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Landing a job in the twenty-first century takes skill, determination, and a little help from the Career Opportunities series. Each popular volume provides an in-depth look at salary ranges, advancement prospects, employment trends, necessary experience, on-line information, and relevant unions and associations. Each entry includes a Career Profile that presents an overview of the main features of the job, a Career Ladder that illustrates frequent routes to and from the position described, and a comprehensive survey of special skills, education, and training required. More than seventy profiles include FBI special agent, conservation officer, emergency medical technician, and data security specialist.

Author Notes

Susan Echaore-McDavid has over 16 years of publishing experience and has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 50 books since 1982. She has written Career Opportunities for Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services. She resides in California. She is a best-selling author, columnist, and teacher. She has written more than 15 books, including Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft, and Encyclopedia of Angels.

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State trooper, emergency medical technician, and air traffic controller are among the 75 careers profiled in this addition to the publisher's Career Opportunities library.



A diverse range of occupations, including law enforcement, physical security, computer security, emergency services, fire protection, and air travel safety are explored. More than 75 profiles show that protective services go beyond such high-risk professions as firefighter, police officer, and bodyguard, and highlight the numerous opportunities available within this broad field. Positions profiled include: FBI special agent Conservation officer Bomb technician Crime scene technician Trace evidence examiner Emergency medical technician Data security specialist Parole officer Bank examiner Air traffic controller. Excerpted from Career Opportunities in Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services by Susan Echaore-McDavid All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
How to Use This Bookp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Police Work
Police Officerp. 2
Campus Police Officerp. 5
Police Detectivep. 8
Police Chief (Municipal Police Department)p. 10
Deputy Sheriffp. 13
State Trooperp. 15
Conservation Officerp. 18
Deputy U.S. Marshalp. 20
FBI Special Agentp. 22
DEA Special Agentp. 24
Secret Service Special Agentp. 26
Border Patrol Agentp. 28
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officerp. 30
U.S. Coast Guard Boarding Team Personnelp. 33
EPA Special Agent (Criminal Investigation Division)p. 36
Postal Inspectorp. 39
Special Police Units
Bike Patrol Officerp. 44
K9 Handlerp. 46
Observerp. 48
Bomb Technicianp. 50
SWAT Sniperp. 52
Crime Prevention Specialistp. 54
Parking Enforcement Officerp. 56
Forensic Investigations
Crime Scene Technicianp. 60
Latent Print Examinerp. 63
Forensic Chemistp. 65
Trace Evidence Examinerp. 67
Firearms and Toolmark Examinerp. 69
Questioned Document Examinerp. 71
Forensic Pathologistp. 73
Polygraph Examinerp. 76
Private Investigations
Private Investigatorp. 80
Background Investigatorp. 83
Arson Investigatorp. 85
Insurance Investigatorp. 87
Legal Investigatorp. 90
Financial Investigatorp. 92
Store Detectivep. 94
Personal Protection Specialistp. 96
Public Safety
Public Safety Dispatcherp. 100
Firefighterp. 102
Emergency Medical Technicianp. 105
Rescue Technicianp. 108
Park Rangerp. 110
Lifeguardp. 113
Physical Security
Locksmithp. 118
Alarm Installerp. 121
Fire Protection Engineerp. 123
Security Guardp. 126
Gaming Surveillance Officerp. 129
Security Supervisorp. 132
Security Managerp. 134
Aviation Safety and Security
Air Traffic Controllerp. 138
Aircraft Dispatcherp. 141
Airport Firefighterp. 143
Airport Police Officerp. 146
Transportation Security Screenerp. 149
Computer Security
Data Security Specialistp. 154
Information Systems Security (Infosec) Specialistp. 156
Information Systems Security (Infosec) Managerp. 158
Computer Forensics Specialistp. 161
Quality Assurance Specialistp. 163
Bailiffp. 166
Correctional Officer (Sheriff's Department)p. 169
Correctional Officer (State or Federal)p. 171
Probation Officerp. 173
Parole Officerp. 176
Compliance Inspections
Food Inspectorp. 180
Agricultural Commodity Graderp. 182
Consumer Safety Inspectorp. 184
Environmental Health Inspectorp. 186
Compliance Safety and Health Officerp. 188
Aviation Safety Inspectorp. 190
Bank Examinerp. 193
Revenue Officerp. 195
Building and Construction Inspections
Plan Reviewerp. 198
Building Inspectorp. 201
Mechanical Inspectorp. 204
Electrical Inspectorp. 206
Plumbing Inspectorp. 208
Construction Inspectorp. 210
Workplace Safety and Security
Industrial Hygienistp. 214
Safety Training Specialistp. 216
Safety Managerp. 219
Loss Control Representativep. 221
Security Consultantp. 223
I Education and Training Resourcesp. 229
II Professional Certificationsp. 233
III State Licensing Agencies for Private Investigatorsp. 237
IV Professional Unions and Associationsp. 241
V Federal Agenciesp. 249
VI Resources on the World Wide Webp. 251
Glossaryp. 259