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Private Investigators

Overview

Private investigators provide investigative services for clients who may be individuals or businesses. They help solve crimes and provide information for law cases by searching for information on legal, financial, and personal matters. Depending on their specialty, they offer services such as verifying people's backgrounds and their statements, locating missing persons, and investigating computer crimes. They may go undercover to conduct surveillance and gather information. Types of private investigators include computer forensics investigators, legal investigators, corporate investigators, and financial investigators. According to the Department of Labor, there were 30,460 private investigators and detectives working in the United States in May 2015. The private detective industry generates $5 billion in revenue, has experienced steady growth the past few years despite the recession, and is expected to continue performing strongly the next few years.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Curious

Organized

Problem-Solving

Career Ladder
Private Investigator Manager

Private Investigator

Intern