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Can you be turned down from a police officer job for being too qualified?

My brother has his masters degree and is looking for a job and considered for a while being a police officer. When it came time for the bills to be due, he told my mom that he was too qualified for that job. I am pretty sure he was lying just to get money out of her, so I was wondering if anyone could help me out with the answer. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Asked By: Amanda U - 11/1/2008
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With a masters degree, has he considered going for a federal or state agency versus a local department? Having a degree will GREATLY improve his chances at getting a job at a federal agency. I would suggest FBI, CIA, or even Secret Service... More
Answered By: toolride - 11/1/2008
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When I was laid off.. and was out of work for 4 months.. I tried desperately to get a job, any job.. I lowered my standards massively.. and couldn't find a job- reason they gave me - I was over qualified for the position. So I guess it can happen with any job even a police officer
Answered By: katjha2005 - 11/1/2008
 
Most forces pick candidates based on their psycological profile, then their educational status. But if he really wanted to work in law enforcement, the FBI requires degrees as manditory, and would love someone with a masters degree.
Answered By: Peggy I - 11/1/2008
 
You can be turned down for any reason. Many employers will decline to hire someone who is overqualified for the simple reason that they are likely to leave after a short while when a more suitable position becomes available. That being said, I know many cops with masters degrees.
Answered By: laughter_every_day - 11/1/2008
 
I don't think there is such a thing as being TOO qualified to be a police officer! That being said, the FBI is always looking for more help and would love some1 w/ a masters! In fact, I think you have to go to college be on the squad!
Answered By: Nikki - 11/1/2008
 
If your brother has the minimum educational qualifications in law enforcement then he is not over qualified. However, that does not mean that he didn't apply and was not hired because they selected someone else.
Answered By: DiscountStoreGenie.com - 11/1/2008
 
Not necessarily, so at least he should try... More
Answered By: Kirk the good - 11/1/2008
 
Umm, if he applied in Austin, Texas. Then no. they minimaly require a bachelors to work for the department. They actually have a pay scale. So the answer is, not likely. They would just give him a higher payscale. Likely he may have done something in his past that he is ashamed to admit. Or he didn't apply at all... More
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Answered By: amberschraeder - 11/1/2008
 
In some jobs yes, but an educated police offiicer has a better chance for promotions.
Answered By: jjjkylan - 11/1/2008
 
I know several officers (myself included) that either started the job with their master's or have worked towards their masters while employed as a police officer. If you are able-bodied and physically and mentally capable of the job you would not be turned down. Sounds like he is too afraid to tell mom that he just... More
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Answered By: Lov4nzyx2 - 11/1/2008
 
YES... More
Answered By: Mr Placid - 11/1/2008
 
The better qualified you are the more of a welcome you get! Opportunities for promotion and trnasfer open up to intelligent and competent people....think he is telling stories
Answered By: Kaypee - 11/1/2008
 
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