The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Job Focus -

TEN per cent growth in po­lice num­bers, or about 5000 new jobs, is fore­cast by the Em­ploy­ment Depart­ment in the next five years.

The aver­age salary is $70,000 but can range be­tween $41,000 and $90,000 depend­ing on the role and hours.

Life ex­pe­ri­ence is a key re­quire­ment for po­lice forces, which en­cour­age ap­pli­ca­tions from ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers. It is such an im­por­tant cri­te­ria that school-leaver ap­pli­cants must have work-re­lated ex­pe­ri­ence out­side of school.

Po­lice of­fi­cers need to deal with un­ex­pected sit­u­a­tions and with a wide va­ri­ety of people in their day-to-day tasks, so ma­tu­rity is an as­set.

Work­ers also are paid dur­ing their train­ing.

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