Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts

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About the Job

Obtain evidence, take statements, produce reports, and testify to findings regarding resolution of fraud allegations. May coordinate fraud detection and prevention activities.

It is also Called

  • Audit Manager
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Inspector General
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Investigator
  • Special Agent

What They Do

  • Document all investigative activities.
  • Prepare written reports of investigation findings.
  • Prepare evidence for presentation in court.
  • Testify in court regarding investigation findings.
  • Interview witnesses or suspects and take statements.
  • Coordinate investigative efforts with law enforcement officers and attorneys.
  • Advise businesses or agencies on ways to improve fraud detection.
  • Gather financial documents related to investigations.
  • Conduct in-depth investigations of suspicious financial activity, such as suspected money-laundering efforts.
  • Create and maintain logs, records, or databases of information about fraudulent activity.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $71,790 with most people making between $40,600 and $107,810

Outlook

0.41%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 8,450 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 8,800 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 35 openings due to growth and about 155 replacement openings for approximately 190 total annual openings.