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PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR, IN-DEPTH: The Thrill Of The Chase

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This private investigator describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, and how difficult getting into the industry. He tells us that his favorite part of the job is the thrill of the chase because he gets to catch people doing things that they are not supposed to be doing.

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

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