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Private Detectives and Investigators

Job Information

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.


  • Work hours are often irregular, and the work can be dangerous.
  • About 21 percent are self-employed.
  • Keen competition is expected for most jobs.
  • Most private detectives and investigators have some college education and previous experience in investigative work.


Personality I'm good with people
Salary $43,710/yr ($21.86/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Associates Degree