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Are you thinking of becoming a private investigator? Here are some of the details you might like to know, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
|Quick Facts: Private Detectives and Investigators|
|2010 Median Pay||$42,870 per year |
$20.61 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Some college, no degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||1 to 5 years|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||34,700|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||21% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||7,100|
Private detectives and investigators find facts and analyze information about legal, financial, and personal matters. They offer many services, including verifying people's backgrounds, tracing missing persons, investigating computer crimes, and protecting celebrities.
Private detectives and investigators work in a number of environments, depending on the case on which they are working. Some spend more time in their offices conducting computer searches and making phone calls, while others spend more time in the field conducting interviews and performing surveillance.
Private detectives and investigators usually have some college education. However, many jobs do not have formal education requirements; and private detectives and investigators learn on the job. Previous experience in investigative work can be beneficial. Private detectives and investigators need a license in most states.
The median annual wage of private detectives and investigators was $42,870 in May 2010.
Employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for private detectives and investigators will stem from heightened security concerns and the need to protect confidential information and property of all kinds.