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Working As A Background Investigator

  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $89,314

    Average Salary

What Does A Background Investigator Do At Caci International

* As a trainee investigator, the incumbent assists in conducting and conducts background investigations, which provide comprehensive coverage of basic suitability, loyalty and security, for approximately fifty Government agencies having some of the nation's most sensitive missions.
* These investigations are increasingly tailored to obtain specific information needed by the employing agency to make enlightened selection and/or security clearance determinations.
* May obtain special coverage for such diverse positions as attorneys, labor mediation officials, scientists employed by the Department of Energy, and U.
* S. Marshalls.
* Conducts investigations initiated to resolve questions of employment eligibility developed by National Agency Checks and Inquiries or arising from employment applications.
* Is assigned the less complex cases which do not involve prominent subjects or derogatory information of a highly sensitive nature.
* Assignments are carried out under close supervision and detailed guidance is provided.
* May conduct the less complex qualification investigations on candidates for top Federal administrative and executive positions.
* These cases must be completed on a high priority schedule and involve in-depth interviews with key executives at all levels of government, private industry, academia and the professions.
* Conducts comprehensive interviews with employers, associates, references and other knowledgeable individuals and reviews appropriate records to obtain the facts needed to establish the background, reputation, character, suitability or qualifications of the subject under investigation.
* The investigator is responsible for determining the number and selection of witnesses and the approach and line of questioning for each.
* Incumbent explores the most significant or promising leads, notes all pertinent facts and records and, under supervisory guidance, enlarges, extends, cancels, or discontinues investigations, consistent with policies, procedures and instructions contained in the Investigator's Handbook.
* With similar guidance prepares clearly worded requests for extensions of investigations containing relevant information the receiving investigator must have to conduct a competent investigation.
* Records and organizes information obtained and prepares grammatically correct and factual reports according to established format

What Does A Background Investigator Do At SRA International, Inc., A CSRA Company

* Conducts more complex, full-field character investigations which provide comprehensive coverage of basic suitability, eligibility, loyalty and overall security-related concerns for approximately fifty government agencies responsible for some of the nation’s most sensitive missions.
* Conducts complex competitive qualification investigations on candidates for top federal administrative and executive positions.
* Investigative requirements vary on a case by case basis.
* These cases must be completed on a high priority schedule and involve in-depth interviews with key executives at all levels of government, private industry, academia, and other professions
* Independently conducts suitability and limited suitability investigations in cases involving prominent individuals or where serious derogatory information has been or is likely to be developed (e.g. perversion or concealed dismissal from employment)
* Conducts special interviews designed to afford the subject of a suitability investigation a full opportunity to explain or comment on derogatory or discrepant information
* The investigator has principal responsibility for obtaining sufficient coverage to fully develop the necessary facts required for the type of case being investigated, for determining the number and selection of witnesses; and for determining the approach and line of questioning for each.
* Incumbent explores the most significant or promising leads, notes all pertinent facts and records, and expands, extends, cancels, or discontinues investigations as warranted, consistent with policies, procedures and instructions contained in the Investigator's Handbook

What Does A Background Investigator Do At E3 Federal Solutions

* Lead the Investitions of candidates at all levels of clearance within the organization
* Understand implicitly the legal and policy parameters of the investiations
* Being able to elicit probative information from those candidates in a tactful, respectful manner
* Manage the investigations on time with appropriate documentation and communication
* Stay abreast of all changes to and details of the limitations of the process
* Bachelor’s degree
* years of experience managing background investigations for a Federal Agency
* Microsoft Word skills (including templates, styles, macros) and desktop publishing
* Current DHS Suitability
* Experience managing and mentoring teams
* E3 is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, E3 Federal Solutions, LLC (E3) is dedicated to making all employment decisions without regard to race, color, sex (including gender and transgender status), age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender identity, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
* E3 hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.
* Req #: 2018

What Does A Background Investigator Do At San Diego Humane Society

* Include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Participates in the selection process for candidates by conducting an initial review of a candidate’s “Pre
* Employment Questionnaire” and identifying any potential issues that may arise when conducting a full background review
* Prior to conducting a full Background Investigation, provides the Chief of Humane Law Enforcement with the candidate’s full “Personal History Statement”; this document will be forwarded to Employee Engagement for review to identify any confidential information or other information that cannot be released prior to a Background Investigation moving forward
* Personally interviews candidates and reviews all entries in the candidate’s “Personal History Statement”.
* Seeks clarification on any imprecise statements.
* Reviews all supplemental records and materials provided by the candidate.
* Provides direction to the candidate if additional documentation is required
* Maintains all records, reports, materials submitted by outside parties and other related documentation in an orderly manner.
* Ensures all documents and reports are maintained in a secure and confidential manner
* Evaluates all submitted material for accuracy and validity
* Participates in the design of various forms, cover letters and related SDHS materials used for background inquiries
* Generates electronic and hard-copy communications that will be distributed to various past employers, educational institutions, and persons with personal knowledge of the candidate’s abilities and background
* Interacts with public safety and other criminal justice organizations to obtain official records
* Consults with the Chief of Humane Law Enforcement whenever issues arise in a background investigation that may suggest the candidate may no longer be viable.
* Continues/discontinues the background investigation based on the evaluation of that information and directive of the Chief of HLE
* Communicates with past employers, persons with personal knowledge of the candidate and others by phone, e-mail, by mail or in-person to verify and evaluate information provided in the candidate’s “Personal History Statement”
* Acts as a first point-of-contact with persons providing information on the candidate’s background investigation
* Provide a final report on each candidate including an Executive Summary and all documentation received from all sources to the Chief of Humane Law Enforcement
* Develops and maintains good working relationships with other animal welfare agencies, law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, employers and the public
* Keeps abreast of all legalities regarding background investigations in the State of California and provides suggestions on improvements regarding such inquires for the Society
* Assists in maintaining a positive work environment
* Promotes positive relationships with all members of management, staff and volunteers while promoting the society’s programs policies and philosophies
* Maintain a professional behavior and appearance
* Carries out other duties as assigned
* Exemplifies San Diego Humane Society’s Core Values:
* Has theCourageto make tough decisions and take smart risks
* DemonstratesEmpathyfor your colleagues and our guests
* RemainsEngagedand committed to our mission
* IsEnthusiasticand demonstrate excitement and interest in our efforts
* Seeks out ways to beImpactfulin the animal welfare movement and your role
* Leads withIntegrityand treat everyone with respect
* Strives to beResourcefuland see challenges as opportunities for improvement
* Participates in creating a thriving Culture of Philanthropy at San Diego Humane Society by:
* Being knowledgeable and supportive of Society programs
* Sharing their passion for service to animals, people, and our community with our guests
* Serving as an inspiration to all guests by providing an exemplary level of animal care and guest service
* Being able to communicate a compelling case for support that demonstrates the impact of philanthropy on San Diego Humane Society
* SALARY:The starting hourly pay rate for this position is $18
* per hour and will be commensurate with experience

What Does A Background Investigator Do At Omniplex World Services Corporation

* Conduct federal background investigations and prepare reports of investigations in compliance with ICD 704 standards, all laws, and other required federal agency regulations.
* Work cases throughout the geographic area of responsibility and travel to various places of employment, residence and education institutions.
* Travel to other geographic locations (by car or by plane) will also be required as needed.
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Background Investigator

Private detectives and investigators typically need several years of work experience in law enforcement or the military. Workers must also have a high school diploma, and the vast majority of states require private detectives and investigators to have a license.


Education requirements vary greatly with the job, but most jobs require a high school diploma. Some, though, may require a 2- or 4-year degree in a field such as criminal justice or police science. 

Corporate investigators typically need a bachelor’s degree. Often, coursework in finance, accounting, and business is preferred. Because many financial investigators have an accounting background, they typically have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field and may be certified public accountants (CPAs). 

Computer forensics investigators often need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or criminal justice. Some colleges and universities now offer certificate programs in computer forensics, and others offer a bachelor’s or a master’s degree.


Most private detectives and investigators learn through on-the-job experience, often lasting several years.

Although new investigators must learn how to gather information, additional training depends on the type of firm that hires them. For instance, at an insurance company, a new investigator will learn on the job how to recognize insurance fraud. Corporate investigators hired by large companies may receive formal training in business practices, management structure, and various finance-related topics. 

Because computer forensics specialists need to both use computers and possess investigative skills, extensive training may be required. Many learn their trade while working for a law enforcement agency for several years. At work, they are taught how to gather evidence and spot computer-related crimes.

Continuing education is important for computer forensics investigators because they work with changing technologies. Investigators must learn the latest methods of fraud detection and new software programs. Many accomplish this task by attending conferences and courses offered by software vendors and professional associations.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Private detectives and investigators typically must have previous work experience, usually in law enforcement, the military, or federal intelligence. Those in such jobs, who are frequently able to retire after 20 or 25 years of service, may become private detectives or investigators in a second career.

Other private detectives and investigators previously may have worked for insurance or collections companies, as paralegals, in finance, or in accounting.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The vast majority of states require private detectives and investigators to have a license. Requirements vary with the state. Professional Investigator Magazine has links to each state’s licensing requirements. Because laws often change, jobseekers should verify the licensing laws related to private investigators with the state and locality in which they want to work.

In most states, detectives and investigators who carry handguns must meet additional requirements.

Although there are no licenses specific to computer forensics investigators, some states require them to be licensed private investigators. Even in states and localities where they are not required to be licensed, having a private investigator license is useful because it allows computer forensics investigators to perform related investigative work. 

Candidates may also obtain certification, although it is not required for employment. Still, becoming certified through professional organizations can demonstrate competence and may help candidates advance in their careers.

For investigators who specialize in negligence or criminal defense investigation, the National Association of Legal Investigators offers the Certified Legal Investigator certification. For investigators who specialize in security, ASIS International offers the Professional Certified Investigator certification.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Private detectives and investigators must listen carefully and ask appropriate questions when interviewing a person of interest.

Decisionmaking skills. Private detectives and investigators must be able to think on their feet and make quick decisions, based on the limited information that they have at a given time.

Inquisitiveness. Private detectives and investigators must want to ask questions and search for the truth.

Patience. Private detectives and investigators may have to spend long periods conducting surveillance while waiting for an event to occur. Investigations may take a long time, and they may not provide a resolution quickly—or at all.

Resourcefulness. Private detectives and investigators must work persistently with whatever leads they have, no matter how limited, to determine the next step toward their goal. They sometimes need to anticipate what a person of interest will do next.

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  • French

  • Arabic

  • German

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  • Dakota

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  • Amharic

  • Greek

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  • Cheyenne

  • Russian

  • Korean

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Top Background Investigator Skills

  1. Conduct Background Investigations
  2. Military Personnel
  3. Security Clearance Determinations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked independently to conduct background investigations for both Department of Defense and Department of Energy on individuals who requested Access Authorization.
  • Schedule appointments with executive level references, including corporate officers, college faculty and administrators, and former military personnel.
  • Administer background and lifestyle focused questions in order to make security clearance determinations.
  • Compose reports to create official documentation and provide results to local law enforcement agencies statewide.
  • Prepared summaries of information gathered and reviewed final product for accuracy and compliance with OPM Guidelines.

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