Bounty Hunters

Bounty hunters, also known as bail enforcement agents or fugitive recovery agents, track down and return individuals who are fugitives from justice. People who get arrested are often given the opportunity to post bail money so they can go free while waiting for a hearing or trial. When these people post the bail money, they are promising that they will return on the assigned court date. If they do not return on that date, they lose their bail money (or the bail bondsman loses his) and become fugitives from justice. Bounty hunters spend time researching and interviewing to get leads on the person they are tracking. Bounty hunters working in the United States account for thousands of arrests annually.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bail Enforcement Agents, Fugitive Recovery Agents
Duties Track down and return individuals who are fugitives from justice
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • English
  • Foreign Language
Experience Any prior experience in law enforcement
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Enterprising
  • Problem-Solving
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Self-Employed
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Research Assistant or Skip Tracer

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