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IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
32722Private DetectiveFemale51 $15,000Pensacola, FL01/01/2010

Overview

Private investigators, also known as private detectives, work for organizations, members of the public and solicitors to solve sensitive and difficult problems by discretely gathering evidence and information.

Private investigators have the opportunity to work for corporations, law firms or individuals. They work to find and verify information, assemble evidence, search for missing people and look for potential criminal activity. Private investigators can do thrilling and exciting tasks (which is what you’ll see them do on your television), such as conducting surveillance on certain people. However, they can also spend a lot of time sat behind their desk and researching people on the computer.

To become a private investigator, some employers prefer applicants who have achieved a bachelor?s degree in criminal justice, or a related field. Therefore, it is advisable, although not completely necessary, to gain an undergraduate degree to qualify for a wider range of job opportunities. You can also become a private investigator through gaining experience in law enforcement and then working their way up. At some point, all private investigators much obtain relevant official state licensure.

The clients that private investigators can work with can sometimes be difficult to deal with, which can make the career quite challenging. Private investigators also work long and unsociable hours. Also, the work can be dangerous as private investigators may immediately have to react to unforeseen circumstances.

However, a career as a private investigator is thrilling and engaging. You will most likely be doing a job that you absolutely love, whilst getting to help business and people. Private investigators are also in demand, meaning that there is a lot of career opportunities and job security.

To be a successful private investigator then you need to demonstrate excellent customer service, communication and listening skills. Private investigators also need to be able to think analytically, pay attention to detail, have the ability to use initiative and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations. If this sounds like you, and you want a fast-paced and thrilling career, then we think this could be the career for you!


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