Are you the type of person who pays attention to even the smallest details? Do you enjoy trying to solve a good mystery and you like to see the good guy finish first? Do you find that you are able to take a group of clues that seem unrelated and connect them in such a way that they all make sense with one another, and ultimately form a solid picture of a situation? Are you an organized individual who isn't afraid to use a wide range of tactics or electrical equipment in order to complete a job, no matter how much of a challenge it may be? If you were able to confidently answer yes to each of these questions, then perhaps a career as a private investigator will suit your intentions and your goals.
In a nutshell, a private investigator is hired by a client to help him or her find information that they desire. Keep in mind, what you will be expected to discover, the methods and techniques that you use, and the type of working environment that you work in will all be directly related to the type of client you agree to represent and their particular situation. In some cases, you may be hired by attorneys or businesses in areas such as missing persons, criminal cases, insurance fraud, child custody, or civil liability. Or, you may be hired to conduct background checks on particular individuals or companies, to uncover situations of marital infidelity, or to complete screenings for pre-employment purposes.
It is highly recommended that you receive a formal education in order for you to be qualified to work in this professional capacity, you will likely find that some level of training will help you to stand out among other individuals in this profession. Search for private investigator classes at a campus or online school near you. It is important to note that your reputation and positive word of mouth recommendations will likely be your best form of obtaining new clients in this business. Most states have licensing requirements that aspiring private investigators must meet in order to work. In addition, if you plan to (or feel the need to) carry a concealed weapon, then you will need to meet those requirements separately from your licensure requirements. Keep in mind, in this industry it will be important for you to stay abreast of the latest trends that are available for you to use. Not only will this help to make your work easier, it will also make you more effective in your practices and able to compete against the work of others in this field.
On any given day you may be required to conduct surveillance in the field regarding your particular case or to conduct research through interviews or the use of the internet. It is also likely that you will want to complete reports, whether formal or informal, in order to document your findings for your clients.