7. Detectives and Criminal Investigators
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Master’s degree premium: 9.3% higher (+$7,000 per year)Median annual salary for master’s degree: $82,000Median annual salary for bachelor’s degree: $75,000Percent of employees with a master’s degree: 12.3%Projected job growth by 2026: 4.5%
Detectives and criminal investigators bear the responsibility of determining what happened at the scene of a crime. While usually not as exciting as what’s depicted on TV, the job is certainly not for the faint of heart. Detectives and criminal investigators interview suspects, collect evidence, and work with forensic specialists (among other tasks) to identify the perpetrator in a criminal case.