Is it worth it to become a police officer? I am currently a Umass Amherst student majoring in Economics w/ a minor in IT and Sociology w/ a concentration in Criminal Justice entering my last year soon. I've always been interested in becoming a police officer and am not even really sure about the process to becoming one. Does everyone have to go to an academy? I'm also chinese, after reading some of these posts it seems as though racial/language preferences may actually help in getting a job. I live in quincy where there is a large asian community as well. What I really want is some insight into what type of a future police work would bring, should I explore police work or is there a related field that I might want to go into? How's the pay and chances of promotion, assuming I would be able to even get a job?