JOBS THAT ARE WORTH IN­VES­TI­GAT­ING

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FIRE IN­VES­TI­GA­TOR

Af­ter a fire is ex­tin­guished, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is launched to de­ter­mine the ori­gin and cause. This may be as part of a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion to find an ar­son­ist, or part of an in­sur­ance in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine whether a claim can be ap­proved. Some fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors work their way up into the role through a fire brigade. Oth­ers study in an area such as foren­sic science.

JOUR­NAL­IST

To break a story, jour­nal­ists may need to do a bit of in­ves­ti­gat­ing. It could in­volve trawl­ing through gov­ern­ment data and com­pany re­ports or talk­ing to sources to piece to­gether events. There are ex­pected to be 23,700 po­si­tions for jour­nal­ists and other writ­ers in May, 2022, Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fore­casts show. Most work­ers have a univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Three in five have a bach­e­lor de­gree, such as a Bach­e­lor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and a quar­ter have both a bach­e­lor and a post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion, such as a Mas­ter of Jour­nal­ism.

CY­BER SE­CU­RITY PRO­FES­SIONAL

When a com­pany or in­di­vid­ual be­comes the vic­tim of com­puter hack­ing or viruses, it is up to a cy­ber­se­cu­rity pro­fes­sional to in­ves­ti­gate and solve the prob­lem. They are also in­volved in pre-emp­tive IT se­cu­rity tasks, such as de­sign­ing fire­walls and reg­u­lat­ing ac­cess to pro­tect net­works. Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fig­ures fore­cast an ex­tra 5700 more data­base and sys­tems ad­min­is­tra­tor and ICT se­cu­rity roles will be cre­ated in the five years to May, 2022. About a quar­ter hold a vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion such as a Cer­tifi­cate IV in Cy­ber Se­cu­rity, while about half hold a univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion. PayS­cale re­ports com­put­ing, net­work­ing and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy se­cu­rity con­sul­tants earn an av­er­age salary of $89,000.

CHECK­ING CAUSE: Foren­sic fire ex­am­iner Radka Dun­can. Pic­ture: MONIQUE HARMER

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