ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ More than 35,000 people have signed up to take the New York State Police entrance exam next month.

The test will be held at various locations around the state on Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. State police expect to place a recruit class from the eligibility list created by the October test during the summer of 2014.

Opportunities include training and membership in specialized units, such as crime scene evidence technicians, field training officers, K-9 handlers, firearms instructors, and motor vehicle collision reconstructionists.

Starting salary is $50,374 during academy training. After graduation, pay increases to nearly $67,000, and after one year to $71,261, with additional salary steps during the first five years of service. Salary after five years is $84,739.