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Compliance Officer

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Compliance Officers Career Video

About This Career

Examines, evaluates, and investigates eligibility for or conformity with laws and regulations governing contract compliance of licenses and permits, and performs other compliance and enforcement inspection and analysis activities not classified elsewhere.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Governance pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Warns violators of infractions or penalties.
  • Evaluates applications, records, or documents to gather information about eligibility or liability issues.
  • Advises licensees or other individuals or groups concerning licensing, permit, or passport regulations.
  • Prepares reports of activities, evaluations, recommendations, or decisions.
  • Reports law or regulation violations to appropriate boards or agencies.
  • Confers with or interviews officials, technical or professional specialists, or applicants to obtain information or to clarify facts relevant to licensing decisions.
  • Issues licenses to individuals meeting standards.
  • Collects fees for licenses.
  • Administers oral, written, road, or flight tests to license applicants.
  • Visits establishments to verify that valid licenses or permits are displayed and that licensing standards are being upheld.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Driver Examiner
  • Driver License Agent
  • Driver License Examiner — Administer tests for first-time drivers and also works with adults looking to get back on track after suspensions.
  • Examiner
  • License Examiner
  • License Registration Examiner
  • Licensing Analyst
  • Motor Vehicle Clerk
  • Public Service Representative (PSR)
  • Transportation Services Representative (TSR)


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