Private Investigator Career


A private investigator provides the necessary help to lawyers, businesses or individuals through gathering and analyzing intelligence.   He plays an important role in linking clues to facts regarding personal, legal or financial matters. He provides assistance in various civil and criminal cases, fraud cases, child custody cases, protection cases, insurance claims, screenings and missing person cases.  He also renders his services to protect an executive or celebrity. The scope of a private investigator’s work may vary and depend on the needs of his clients.  He is to provide documentation and reports on his investigation.  A private investigator takes on odd working hours depending on the case he works on.

How to become a Private Investigator

To become a private investigator, one must earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in police or criminal justice.  An aspiring private investigator learns about the ins and outs of investigation while on the job.  One will learn using multiple databases to be able to gather information.  One must continually involve himself in trainings and conferences as well as take courses through professional associations.  Courses through certain software are also as helpful.  Gain experience in fields like law enforcement and insurance.  Depending on the field one works in, one may obtain a certification through the National Association of Legal Investigators.

Private Investigator Courses, training, programs

A degree in police science will give an aspiring private investigator the background required for the job.  The program covers various areas such as law enforcement, criminal justice system, crime investigation, security, public relations, crime prevention, report writing, criminal law, civil law, arrest law, private security, police organization, and process of policing.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

Weber State University, Utah

York College of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

University of Duque, Iowa

Kaplan University (online learning)

American InterContinental University (online learning, Georgia, Florida, Texas)

Private Investigator Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

A private investigator who is just starting his career may earn $20,000 per year.  An experienced private investigator may earn $50,000 per year.  The salary would depend on work location, employer, experience and benefits.  A private investigator may find employment in various agencies.

Category: Legal Careers

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  1. mohapi simon khabanyane says:

    I’ve matric, Private Investigator certificate from intec college,work for security company as a risk administrator,and retail risk specialists as acting supervisor,now I’m have azeal to work for investigation company or government,of which my problem is a driver’s license which I’m struggling for it due to financial problem,I need help to work for getting an experience,pls I need help course I’m intending for learners.

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