Private Investigators

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Private investigators must have a keen eye, excellent observation skills, and an analytical mind. Often referred to as private detectives, these professionals use a number of surveillance and investigative techniques to gather accurate information on the subject or situation in question. Private investigators are licensed to practice in the state in which they work, and may either work full time as employees or be contracted to work with private detective firms, police departments, private businesses and organizations, as well as individual clients.

Although the services they provide may differ depending on the case or industry in which they work, their skill sets are often very similar, as they are called upon to uncover facts and evidence, analyze information, and provide their clients with the results of their investigation.The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines private investigators as professionals who must “gather clues and verify facts for their cases,” while P.I. Magazine, an industry magazine, defines private investigators as professionals who “work to gather information and evidence pertaining to a case or event…” Regardless of the career path or niche chosen by private investigators, their talents lie in being able to gather and analyze information.

This may include:

  • Performing undercover investigations
  • Performing surveillance activities
  • Documenting and reporting the results of investigations
  • Interviewing people
  • Researching

The private investigation industry is an in-demand and swiftly growing profession in a number of industries. The skills and expertise of private investigators are of value in a large number of areas, including:

  • Computer forensics services
  • Personal protection services
  • Undercover investigations
  • Supplier, vendor and employee screening programs
  • Crisis intervention services
  • Retail loss and prevention
  • Criminal investigation services
  • Polygraph services
  • Missing persons services
  • Pre-employment screenings
  • Personal investigations

The good news is that many investigators offer a free initial consultation.