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Adam, a private investigator, spends his typical day running a team of surveillance investigators whose job it is to follow people and document their actions. He loves his job because he finds it to be a lot of fun. He suggests maintaining a good driving record if you would like getting into this line of work.

Degree: Rhetoric
Job Title: Private Investigator

Job Summary: Private Detectives and Investigators

Job Description

Private detectives and investigators find facts and analyze information about legal, financial, and personal matters. They offer many services, including verifying people's backgrounds, tracing missing persons, investigating computer crimes, and protecting celebrities.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Private detectives and investigators typically have previous work experience. Some have worked for insurance or collections companies, as paralegals, in finance, or in accounting. Many investigators enter the field after serving in law enforcement, the military, or federal intelligence jobs. These people, who frequently are able to retire after 25 years of service, often become private detectives or investigators as a second career.

Certification Requirement
Some private detectives and investigators can get certification from a professional organization to demonstrate competency.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Travel, Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Organizational skills, People skills

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m='12840'>get in</span> <span m='13060'>a</span> <span m='13220'>van</span> <span m='14050'>and</span> <span m='14460'>they</span> <span m='14650'>post</span> <span m='15040'>outside</span> <span m='15440'>somebody's</span> <span m='15790'>residence</span> <span m='16300'>and</span> <span m='16390'>they</span> <span m='16520'>wait</span> <span m='16680'>for</span> <span m='16800'>them</span> <span m='16970'>to</span> <span m='17040'>leave.</span> <span m='17790'>Wherever</span> <span m='18180'>that</span> <span m='18400'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='18710'>goes,</span> <span m='19140'>the</span> <span m='19220'>surveillance</span> <span m='19700'>investigator</span> <span m='20200'>follows</span> <span m='20640'>them, be</span> <span m='20770'>it</span> <span m='20960'>the</span> <span m='21180'>bank,</span> <span m='22020'>the</span> <span m='22460'>grocery</span> <span m='22900'>store,</span> <span m='23250'>the</span> <span m='23390'>movies,</span> <span m='25590'>anything</span> <span m='25970'>you</span> <span m='26080'>can</span> <span m='26220'>think</span> <span m='26490'>of,</span> <span m='26730'>to the</span> <span m='26850'>gym</span> <span m='27105'>to</span> <span m='27360'>workout.</span> <span m='28370'>Job is</span> <span m='28730'>to</span> <span m='28790'>follow,</span> <span m='29310'>document,</span> <span m='30100'>and</span> <span m='30370'>obtain</span> <span m='31200'>video</span> <span m='31520'>footage</span> <span m='32535'>and</span> <span m='32920'>then write a</span> <span m='33305'>report</span> <span m='33690'>about it.</span> </p><p><span m='34470'>I,</span> <span m='34710'>myself,</span> <span m='35490'>went</span> <span m='35850'>to</span> <span m='35950'>UC-Berkeley</span> <span m='36300'>to</span> <span m='36750'>study</span> <span m='37150'>rhetoric,</span> <span m='38660'>and</span> <span m='38890'>then</span> <span m='39020'>I</span> <span m='39040'>went</span> <span m='39200'>to the</span> <span m='39280'>Police</span> <span m='39520'>Academy.</span> <span m='39970'>So</span> <span m='40740'>I'm</span> <span m='40850'>using</span> <span m='41190'>this</span> <span m='41540'>career</span> <span m='42540'>in</span> <span m='43030'>line</span> <span m='43500'>to</span> <span m='43840'>become</span> <span m='44040'>a</span> <span m='44090'>police</span> <span m='44370'>officer</span> <span m='44720'>or</span> <span m='45270'>it</span> <span m='45420'>might</span> <span m='45540'>branch off</span> <span m='45920'>and</span> <span m='46060'>be it's</span> <span m='46350'>own</span> <span m='46695'>thing.</span> <span m='47720'>But</span> <span m='48665'>all</span> <span m='49070'>you</span> <span m='49200'>need</span> <span m='49390'>is</span> <span m='49530'>an</span> <span m='49620'>interest.</span> </p><p><span m='50420'>If</span> <span m='50620'>you're</span> <span m='50760'>interested</span> <span m='51370'>in</span> <span m='51500'>getting</span> <span m='51810'>into</span> <span m='51930'>this</span> <span m='52210'>line of</span> <span m='52420'>work,</span> <span m='52912'>I</span> <span m='53404'>would</span> <span m='53896'>suggest</span> <span m='54388'>that you</span> <span m='54880'>maintain a</span> <span m='55372'>decent</span> <span m='55864'>driving</span> <span m='56356'>record.</span> <span m='57340'>Other</span> <span m='57610'>than</span> <span m='57890'>that,</span> <span m='58660'>get</span> <span m='58820'>in</span> <span m='58940'>the</span> <span m='59040'>line</span> <span m='59270'>of</span> <span m='59320'>work</span> <span m='59520'>you</span> <span m='59630'>actually</span> <span m='59960'>want</span> <span m='60110'>to</span> <span m='60150'>get</span> <span m='60330'>into.</span> <span m='60970'>I</span> <span m='61100'>find</span> <span m='61360'>this</span> <span m='61500'>to</span> <span m='61590'>be</span> <span m='61700'>a</span> <span m='61770'>lot</span> <span m='61960'>of</span> <span m='62030'>fun,</span> <span m='62450'>so</span> <span m='62680'>that's</span> <span m='62790'>probably</span> <span m='63800'>more</span> <span m='64010'>important</span> <span m='64325'>than</span> <span m='65456'>any</span> <span m='65864'>particular</span> <span m='66272'>job.</span> <span m='66680'>Just do</span> <span m='66910'>what</span> <span m='67040'>you</span> <span m='67130'>want</span> <span m='67260'>to</span> <span m='67320'>do.</span> </p>","file":{"id":350831,"video_id":"3183302396001","name":"1944-Adam-SurveillanceInvestigator1","duration":68267,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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