CAREER

Private Detectives and Investigators

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$53,320

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+8.3% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Private Detectives and Investigators Do

Gather, analyze, compile, and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.

Other Job Titles Private Detectives and Investigators May Have

Asset Protection Detective, Field Investigator, Investigator, Loss Prevention Agent, Loss Prevention Associate, Loss Prevention Detective, Loss Prevention Investigator, Loss Prevention Officer, Private Investigator, Special Investigator

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Write reports or case summaries to document investigations.
  • Conduct private investigations on a paid basis.
  • Search computer databases, credit reports, public records, tax or legal filings, or other resources to locate persons or to compile information for investigations.
  • Conduct personal background investigations, such as pre-employment checks, to obtain information about an individual's character, financial status, or personal history.
  • Expose fraudulent insurance claims or stolen funds.

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