How to become a Private Investigator
How to become a private investigator you ask? Do you consider yourself an everyday Sherlock Holmes? Or have you always wondered what is it like to become a private investigator?
Private investigators or private detectives help people, businesses and lawyers by looking into information and help analyse it for them. Private Investigators provide an outsider’s perspective to any situation and can help connect the clues and unearth facts (financial, legal or personal) for an individual or any company that requires it. Private investigators are also hired to sometimes prove any extra-marital affairs or disprove them. And they use different methods in uncovering facts and collecting them for their client.
What you need to know is that most private investigators have had some college background and has some experience in investigative work or the law enforcement field. And in most states, they have to have a license to practice. But since there is no formal educational requirement to become a private investigator or private detective, some courses in criminal justice or law enforcement could be helpful to build your future as an investigator.
Most of the work you will be doing will be learned on the job or comes from your past experience in the legal field. Like the old saying “experience is the best teacher” this saying holds true in this occupation. As you go along your private investigator career, you’ll learn different things for example if you’re hired by an insurance company, you’ll learn some things about insurance fraud and how they work. Or private companies, you’ll learn how everything works there too, they would even give you formal training about how their company works such as their business practices, and finance related topics.
It has been projected that there will be a 22% growth in private investigation field by the year 2018, which is significantly faster than many other career fields. While a grown in this industry is good, the reason behind it may not be. When the bulk of the private sector security deal with concerns over heightened levels of security, including protecting confidential and privileged information. We also have the Internet to thank for the recent spike in legal careers due to problems like illegal downloading, spam, and identity theft. One can also speculate that with the aging baby boomer generation, as many retire from military and law enforcement careers, those recent retirees may choose to supplement their income as private investigators.