The metal detector profession is on the rise, and now the cops are calling it a career.
According to a new survey from the Metal Detectors Association of America, a nonprofit representing metal detector owners, a whopping 57 percent of metal detector examiners are now paid in full-time employment.
That’s up from just 30 percent of examiners who said they were full-timers in 2008.
The metal detector community is still reeling from the tragic loss of two members of the FBI’s Denver Field Office.
Last year, former Deputy Director Joseph A. Russo was killed in a car accident.
A second, retired FBI agent, Thomas M. Miller, was killed when his car collided with a tractor-trailer in February 2015.
The crash was the first known fatality involving a metal detector in more than 25 years.
The new survey of examining professionals found that a whopping 64 percent of the respondents had taken a job in the field in the last year, up from 32 percent in 2008, and up from 30 percent in 2006.
The survey was conducted online, with more than 2,000 metal detector enthusiasts in 14 countries.
“We are at a tipping point, as we have witnessed a lot of advances in technology and are seeing new types of detection capabilities and equipment,” the survey states.
“The industry has never been stronger.
We are now a professional industry, with many of our professionals having full-scale metal detector jobs in the United States.
It is our hope that the metal detector industry will continue to grow and thrive.”
Metal detector examining is a very lucrative career, with some examiners earning hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, according to the survey.
It can be as lucrative as a career in law enforcement, according the survey, which also found that examiners with experience in the fields of fire protection, public health, or other public safety fields earn more than those with no metal detector experience.
Metal detector exams are performed by trained examiners on the spot, according a metal detecting expert who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak publicly about his profession.
He said metal detectorists can perform hundreds of tests, and examiners earn millions of dollars in the process.
“It’s a lot to pay for a lot less,” the metal detectors expert said.
The survey also found a lot more metal detector professionals in the U.S. are female, with a majority of examinating professionals female.
In fact, the survey found that the gender gap in metal detector examination scores has grown to 30 percent.
The U.K. has the highest percentage of female examiners, with 63 percent of those in the country.
The U.C.L.A. had the highest gender gap, with 65 percent of its examiners female.
The poll also found more women than men are employed in metal detecting.
Women comprised 25 percent of respondents who were metal detector operators, versus 21 percent of men, the highest in the survey of metal detecting examiners.
The percentage of men who were examiners was higher than the percentage of women, with 34 percent of male examiners being female compared to 28 percent of female metal detector testiners.
The number of women and men with metal detecting experience in this country has grown, and the metal detection industry has grown too.
According the survey:The number and percentage of examines with metal detectors has grown from 1,716 in 2000 to 2,543 in 2016, while the number of metal detectors with advanced testing technology and technology-specific technology has grown by 875 percent.