Fraud Examiners, Investigators, and Analysts

Fraud Examiner Studies Counterfeit Bills

Fraud examiners, investigators, and analysts are financial specialists who investigate fraud allegations. They gather and analyze evidence from written reports, financial data, and statements by suspects and witnesses. They prepare reports and document their findings in relation to legal proceedings, and they may also testify in court hearings. Many work in government agencies on the federal, state, and local levels. They also work for banks and financial institutions, investigating bank customers as well as banks' transactions and activities to identify suspicious activities and determine which systems need improved security to prevent fraud. There are 123,270 general financial specialists employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Examine, investigate, and analyze allegations of fraud for public- and private-sector businesses; gather evidence and prepare reports; recommend systems for fraud prevention
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major metropolitan areas offer the most job opportunities
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Government
  • Mathematics
Experience Three or more years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Computer
  • Financial
  • Research
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Fraud Examiner, Investigator, or Analyst
  • Fraud Examiner, Investigator, or Analyst
  • Junior Fraud Examiner, Investigator, or Analyst