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Become A Field Investigator

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Working As A Field Investigator

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

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $45,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Field Investigator Do At Pharmacy Board, Tx

* Conducts complex and special investigations regarding potential violations of laws and rules governing the practice of pharmacy in Texas.
* Collects physical evidence to support investigative findings.
* Maintains chain of custody.
* Identifies, contacts, and/or interviews potential witnesses, and/or complainants, and/or suspects.
* Obtains written Statements from parties involved in the complaint.
* Evaluates and summarizes investigative findings.
* Prepares written investigative reports.
* Assumes undercover roles and conducts or participates in joint covert investigations of pharmacists suspected of diverting controlled substances and/or dangerous drugs.
* Work may involve obtaining unauthorized refills of prescriptions and purchasing drugs without a valid prescription.
* Obtains investigative prescriptions for covert investigations.
* Gathers background information, pursues investigative leads and conducts surveillance of suspects involved in investigations.
* Reviews complaints or intelligence information to determine the likely focus of an audit or an investigation.
* Conducts complete audit investigations of pharmacy drug records.
* Serves Notice of Inspection or Administrative Inspection Warrant.
* Obtains relevant records.
* Conducts inventories of drugs on premises.
* Obtains additional drug records from third parties.
* Completes computation chart and prepares Report of Investigation including verification of questionable records.
* Prepares and submits weekly and monthly activity and vehicle reports.
* Assists the agency s Legal Division in the collection and preparation of evidence for informal settlement disciplinary conferences and administrative hearings.
* Establishes and maintains liaison with and provides technical or on-line assistance to local, state and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
* May coordinate, as case agent, joint investigative activities with other law enforcement agencies.
* Testifies in criminal/civil courts and administrative hearings.
* Assists in training programs.
* Attends professional and job-related schools and seminars.
* Plans itinerary weekly.
* Complies with all agency personnel policies, including regular attendance.
* Performs related duties as required

What Does A Field Investigator Do At Litigation Solutions

* The Field Investigator should demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
* Obtain quality surveillance video evidence;
* Securing written/recorded statements;
* Accident scene investigations;
* Write accurate and detailed reports;
* Strong grammatical skills;
* Flexible work schedule to include working long hours, weekend hours and holiday hours;
* Strong initiative and work ethic;
* Possession of a valid driver's license and vehicle insurance;
* Ability to prioritize and organize multiple tasks;
* Computer literacy to include Microsoft Word and email;
* Ability to work independently;
* Deposition and courtroom testimony as required;
* Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
* Ability to work closely with supervisory personnel as well as senior investigators;
* Completion of accurate daily time, mileage and expense reporting.
* Reliable, prompt and dedicated individuals needed for this fast paced position.
* Email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements.
* NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Litigation Solutions, LLC's is operating under Ohio Private Detective License # 200721001242 An Equal Opportunity

What Does A Field Investigator Do At Ethos Risk Services

* Conducting covert field surveillance via both stationary and mobile surveillance.
* Conducting scene investigations, interviews, recorded statements, etc.
* Obtaining professional quality video and photographic documentation of subjects.
* Drafting thorough, detailed investigative reports.
* Uploading video and photographic evidence as well as surveillance reports to our claims system

What Does A Field Investigator Do At Liberty Mutual

* Independently develops and executes appropriate investigation strategy for assigned cases more complex in nature.
* Leads in-depth interviews of participants, witnesses or claimants.
* Completes detailed and extensive investigations in adherence with SIU procedures and best practices.
* Gathers evidence and makes determinations regarding compensability.
* Engages experts and vendors as warranted.
* May evaluate incoming referrals to determine appropriate investigator assignments.
* Acts as a technical expert to other investigators and claims personnel.
* Mentors less-experienced investigators.
* Maintains extensive network with law enforcement agencies and works in collaboration in the investigation of suspicious losses.
* Communicates investigation outcome decision to line of business claims personnel.
* When non-compensable, fully executes the claim decision process and completes associated tasks.
* Proactively partners with line of business claims personnel to generate referrals.
* Partners with various SIU and line of business claims personnel to determine merits of initiating organized scheme investigations.
* May assist training unit with development and design of various suspicious fraud-training modules.
* Provides fraud awareness training and technical advice to internal stakeholders.
* Serves as a Subject Matter resource to claims personnel.
* May represent the Company and actively participate in industry association meetings by providing training to industry SIU personnel or law enforcement.
* Shares back intelligence and trends with PI SIU and other internal stakeholders.
* Participates in and leads Special Projects as assigned

What Does A Field Investigator Do At Delta Associated Investigations Inc.

* Conduct investigations and report verbally and provide written reports on findings to the necessary parties.
* Identifying, collecting and preserving relevant evidence and documenting all findings into a clear, concise and timely investigative report.
* SIU investigates auto, property, Workers Compensation, and liability claims of varying complexity

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How To Become A Field 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

  • Carrier

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  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Tamil

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Top Field Investigator Skills

  1. Background Investigations
  2. Fraudulent Insurance Claims
  3. Video Surveillance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted background investigations for the United States Office of Personnel Management for positions involving national security and public trust.
  • Expose fraudulent insurance claims or stolen funds.
  • Conducted covert video surveillance of worker's compensation cases.
  • Performed background checks, activity checks, subject and employer interviews, neighborhood canvass' and courthouse research.
  • Field investigations into workers compensation, general liability, disability, property and casualty, life and health care claims.

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