Become a Private Investigator
Do you like solving mysteries? Then becoming a private investigator may be the career for you? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), demand for detectives and criminal investigators will increase by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016—a job growth rate that is faster than the national average.
This demand is fueled by a number of factors, including increased security concerns; identity theft; the nation’s growing dependency on computers and the need to protect cyber information; the growing demand for investigators in the legal system; and the need for Corporate America to screen and investigate employees.
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How Much Do Detectives and Investigators Earn?
In 2008, the BLS reported that, on a national level, the median annual salary for private detectives and investigators was $42,310. In the Washington DC area, the average, or the mean, salary was $87,230 with a median hourly wage of $41.94.
What Do Investigators Do?
In the State of Virginia, for instance, the average annual salary is $65,140 and the average hourly wage is $31.32.
The role of an investigator varies depending on the industry that you serve—retail, government, corporations, or private agency. Typical roles include, but are not limited to:
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- criminal investigation,
- insurance fraud investigation,
- missing person investigation,
- forensic investigation,
- employee background checks,
- litigation investigation,
- retail monitoring/investigation, and
- Internet investigation.