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Polygraph Examiners

Overview

Polygraph examiners use polygraph equipment and techniques to determine whether individuals have answered questions truthfully or dishonestly. Polygraphs, often called "lie detectors," are instruments that measure and record certain nonvoluntary body responses that are affected by the individual's emotional state. To judge whether the subject has answered all the questions truthfully, the examiner compares the reactions recorded for questions that are not likely to cause stress with the reactions recorded for other questions. More than 2,800 polygraph examiners are members of the American Polygraph Association.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On

Problem-Solving

Technical

Career Ladder
Polygraph Instructor

Polygraph Examiner

Part-Time Polygraph Examiner