Detectives

ANZSCO ID 441311

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
3,500
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
93%
Female Share
25%
Average age
39

Summary

Detectives investigate serious crimes, such as terrorism, homicide, armed robbery, vice and arson, and gather evidence to arrest and prosecute suspected offenders.

Specialisations: Detective Sergeant, Plain Clothes Police Officer.

Experienced Police Officers can undertake further training to become a Detective.

Tasks

  • Investigates and prosecutes offences.

  • Secures and examines scenes of crimes and accidents to obtain evidence.

  • Protects witnesses and investigates official corruption.

  • Maintains public order and safety.

  • Patrols assigned areas to minimise potential for public disturbance and crime.

  • Investigates accidents, crimes, minor offences and citizens' complaints, gathering evidence, and pursuing, arresting and interviewing suspected offenders.

  • Tests persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and issues infringement notices for traffic offences.

  • Directs and re-routes traffic at congested areas.

  • Attends community meetings and answers inquiries.

  • Gives advice and assistance to victims of crime and their families.

  • Maintains records and prepares reports.

Characteristics

Job Type
Community And Personal Service Workers
Skill Level
High skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Analytical
  • Enterprising
Physical Demand
  • Light
  • Medium

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Police, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 93% of people employed as Detectives work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 27 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Public Administration and Safety
99.6%
2
Education and Training
0.2%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

32.4% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

29.4% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

15.7% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

7.3% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

11.4% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.1% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

1.3% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.4% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Detectives All Jobs Average
NSW 32.4 31.6
VIC 29.4 25.6
QLD 15.7 20.0
SA 7.3 7.0
WA 11.4 10.8
TAS 1.1 2.0
NT 1.3 1.0
ACT 1.4 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
39
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
25%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Detectives is 39 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 25% of the workforce. This is 23 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Detectives All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 0.2 9.3
25-34 26.8 22.9
35-44 43.9 22.0
45-54 24.0 21.6
55-59 4.2 9.0
60-64 0.6 6.0
65 and Over 0.2 4.2
Median Age 39 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Experienced Police Officers can undertake further training to become a Detective.

Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Public Safety VET training pathways.

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Detectives All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 5.6 10.1
Bachelor degree 30.0 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 49.5 11.6
Certificate III/IV 4.3 21.1
Year 12 9.1 18.1
Year 11 1.2 4.8
Year 10 and below 0.4 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Police who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 59%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 59%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 57%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 55%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 55%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 55%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 54%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 54%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 54%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 48%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 46%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 46%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 45%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 45%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 45%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 45%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 43%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 43%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 43%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 37%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 78%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 74%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 74%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 70%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 62%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 61%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 57%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 52%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 52%

    Therapy and counselling

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  • 50%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 49%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 48%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 44%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 41%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 41%

    Geography

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  • 39%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 38%

    Philosophy and theology

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  • 35%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 31%

    Foreign language

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  • 25%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 61%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 61%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 59%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 59%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 57%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 57%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 57%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 57%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 57%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 55%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 54%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 54%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 50%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 50%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 46%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 46%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 45%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 45%

    Speed of recognition

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 43%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 37%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 78%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 78%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 77%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 75%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 74%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 73%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 71%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 70%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 69%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 69%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 68%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 67%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 65%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 65%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 64%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 60%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 59%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 57%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 52%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 48%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 81%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 81%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 52%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 52%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 48%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 19%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 76%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 74%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 71%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 71%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 71%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 67%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 99%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 98%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 97%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 97%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 97%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 94%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 93%

    In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  • 92%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 92%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 91%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 90%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 90%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 88%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 87%

    Consequence of error

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  • 86%

    Conflict situations

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  • 85%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 84%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  • 84%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 83%

    Outdoors, exposed to weather

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  • 82%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3021.01 - Police Detectives.


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