Careers in Criminal Financial Investigation
Professional Outcomes of the Financial Crimes Investigator Certificate1
Demand for Economic Crime Fighters
In 2015, there were more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers at the federal, state, and local levels of government*. While the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), an arm of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has worked to deliver training on computer forensics, electronic crime, financial crime and intelligence analysis to 36,000 law enforcement professionals from 2008 - 2013, the vast majority of these officers have received little or no preparation and/or training in how to investigate the types of white-collar crimes perpetrated.
In a 2014 PwC survey of organizations in the financial services sector - one of the industries most vulnerable to financial crime and fraud - found that 45% of the respondents have suffered economic crime during the three-year survey period. Asset misappropriation accounted for 67% of the financial crime incidents reported for financial services organizations, along with other key threats like electronic crime, accounting fraud, money laundering and bribery/corruption. Alarmingly, 1 in 4 participating companies admitted they had underestimated the risk and failed to conduct annual fraud risk assessments. These crimes cost U.S. companies in all sectors between $1 and $100 Million each, underscoring the urgent need to hire trained professionals to prevent and respond to systemic and episodic financial crimes in the workplace.
Professional Outcomes of the Financial Crimes Investigator Certificate
It is clear from these two examples that there is a growing need within the public and private sectors to hire qualified people to perform investigations in-house for a variety of organizations, including:
- :: Banking and Financial institutions
- :: Insurance companies
- :: Manufacturing, Engineering and Construction firms
- :: Various companies in the Service sector
- :: Computer, Software and Communications companies
- :: Transportation, Logistics and Utility services
- :: Wholesale, Retail and Consumer trade
- :: Government and State-owned enterprises
Students who pursue a certificate in financial crimes investigation will come out distinctly qualified to fulfill the need for entry-level skilled roles in these industries and more.
Parlay Your Certificate into a Bachelor's Degree in Economic Crime Investigation
When you have completed your six course Financial Crimes Investigator certificate, you can parlay your investment of time and tuition and transfer your credits to the online Bachelor of Science in Economic Crime Investigation. Upon completion of your Certificate, you will have the financial crime investigation skills to make an impact in areas such as:
- :: Forensic Accounting
- :: Tax Crime Investigation
- :: Insurance Fraud
- :: Corporate Financial Fraud
- :: Identity Theft Investigation
- :: Credit Card Fraud
- :: Intellectual Property Theft
You'll be prepared to analyze threats to your company's business processes like procurement, vendor selection, sales and data security, thereby reducing the risk of internal and external economic crime. In-demand job titles in this field earn average annual salaries between $50,000 and $75,000 per year, protecting organizations from the virus that is economic crime - damaging operations, financial security, employee integrity and the company's reputation.
Sample Job Titles:
- :: Ethics and Compliance Associate
- :: Internal Investigations Specialist
- :: Fraud Analyst I or II
- :: Economic Crimes Investigator
- :: Digital Investigations Specialist
- :: Cybercrime Training Coordinator
- :: Compliance and Ethics Training and Communications Specialist
- :: BSA/AML Analyst
- :: Data Intelligence Analyst
Whatever your chosen path, whether you finish with the Financial Crimes Investigator Certificate or go on to pursue the bachelor's degree, your new financial investigation skills will make you a valuable asset to any organization.
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