Working as a private investigator can be tough. You need to be cunning and secretive and always think 10 steps ahead of the game. If you have diverse interests in life, you can also apply this in your job as a private investigator as your employers will need you to perform different tasks. Private investigators are already trained by their schools to perform basic functions such as lock picking, setting surveillance cameras, interviewing and interrogating individuals and groups and writing reports. They’re also trained to protect people from harassment as bodyguards and find missing people. Computer investigators are masters at finding information that’s filtered all over networks. They can find deleted emails and identity thieves who are using your name as id’s for there scams. Corporate investigators conduct investigations inside companies to fund drug use, abused expenses, or pilfering employees.
Private investigators are glamorized by Hollywood actors as good people who solve cases and mysteries with finesse and style. Fact of the matter is, the job of a private investigator can sometimes be morally draining. There are a lot of blurred legal issues that private investigators need to tackle and the only guideline they have is their own moral compass.
Private investigators can work in very dangerous areas. They don’t always need to work in alleys, but the environment can be very dangerous for them because some people will do anything to protect secrets. Sometimes they need to interview a person who may be uncooperative, and it is their responsibility to coax a person to spill information about an incident or a person so they can solve a case.
A person who wants to become a private investigator must be a high school graduate in order to pass the minimum requirements. They must have a very strong background in physical education, math, science and social science. Those who want to specialize however must be holders of a baccalaureate degree with special classes in police science, law and ethics.
Many private investigators are former police detectives. With their previous background in the police department, their techniques for solving cases are more refined and systematic than those who entered schools as high school graduates.
When students graduate from their classes, they are required to take the certification exam given by the National Association of Legal Investigators also known as NALI. In order to get certified, the candidates must pass oral and written examination. The certification is proof for employers that the candidate is qualified to work as a private investigator.
The salary for private investigators is can vary from one job to another. A private investigator must have very good business skills in order to get a profit out of a job. While those with dangerous jobs clearly have better salaries, private investigators who conduct undercover searches can earn a pretty decent salary as well. Generally, private investigators earn about $20-$400, depending on the nature of the work and the time it would take to finish a certain job. Though some private investigators don’t earn much, they are more than satisfied with the work that they do, because they enjoy it.