Private Investigator Job Openings - 5,177 Jobs

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator
    Justice Investigations Services Inc.

    Arcadia, FL

  • Estimated Salary

    $43,480

    Private Investigator
    Lemieux & Associates

    Austin, TX

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator
    Blackwatch Investigation and Mitigation

    Memphis, TN

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator-Billings, MT
    TIG Risk Services

    Billings, MT

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator-LaCrosse, WI
    TIG Risk Services

    Onalaska, WI

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator
    Justice Investigations Services Inc.

    Deltona, FL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Part Time
    Confidential

    Charlotte, NC

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator
    Justice Investigations Services Inc.

    Orlando, FL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator on
    Jager Investigations LLC

    Orlando, FL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator
    Snoop Investigations, LLC

    Trappe, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator
    Snoop Investigations, LLC

    Glen Burnie, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $60,000

    NEW
    Licensed Private Investigator - Surveillance & SIU
    The Robison Group

    New York, NY

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

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    SIU and Surveillance Private Investigators - IL
    NWI Investigative Group, Inc.

    Aurora, IL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

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    SIU and Surveillance Private Investigators - IL
    NWI Investigative Group, Inc.

    Chicago, IL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    SIU and Surveillance Private Investigators - Watertown NY
    NWI Investigative Group, Inc.

    Watertown, NY

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    SIU and Surveillance Private Investigators - IL
    NWI Investigative Group, Inc.

    Cicero, IL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    SIU and Surveillance Private Investigators - Las Vegas NV
    NWI Investigative Group, Inc.

    Las Vegas, NV

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Surveillance and SIU Private Investigators - Miami and all FL
    NWI Investigative Group, Inc.

    Miami, FL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Surveillance and SIU Private Investigators - Miami and all FL
    NWI Investigative Group, Inc.

    Hialeah, FL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    SIU and Surveillance Private Investigators - Las Vegas NV
    NWI Investigative Group, Inc.

    Henderson, NV

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Surveillance and SIU Private Investigators - Tampa and all FL
    NWI Investigative Group, Inc.

    Lakeland, FL

  • Estimated Salary

    $56,160

    License Investigator
    Central California SPCA

    Fresno, CA

  • Estimated Salary

    $68,530

    NEW
    Commercial & Residential License Investigator
    City of Detroit

    Detroit, MI

  • Estimated Salary

    $88,839

    NEW
    Investigator
    ISN Corporation

    Tampa, FL

  • Estimated Salary

    $89,733

    NEW
    Investigator
    Snapchat Inc.

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Estimated Salary

    $85,000

    NEW
    Investigator
    Amerihealth Caritas Health Plan

    Baton Rouge, LA

  • Estimated Salary

    $85,000

    NEW
    Investigator
    Spectrum

    Birmingham, AL

  • Estimated Salary

    $85,000

    NEW
    Investigator
    Peace Corps

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $62,993

    NEW
    Private Surveilance
    Confidential

    Chicago, IL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Fraud Investigation
    Combined Investigators

    Gardendale, AL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Fraud Investigation
    Combined Investigators

    Baltimore, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $43,480

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Fraud Investigation
    Combined Investigators

    Pasadena, TX

  • Estimated Salary

    $43,850

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Fraud Investigation
    Combined Investigators

    Cicero, IL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Fraud Investigation
    Combined Investigators

    Scott, LA

  • Estimated Salary

    $89,610

    NEW
    Investigator
    Spectrum

    Wilmington, NC

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,023

    NEW
    Investigator
    Amerihealth Caritas Health Plan

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Estimated Salary

    $95,541

    NEW
    Investigator
    Corecivic

    Nashville, TN

  • Estimated Salary

    $89,610

    NEW
    Investigator
    Spectrum

    Charlotte, NC

  • Estimated Salary

    $88,839

    NEW
    Investigator
    Precheck

    Houston, TX

  • Estimated Salary

    $85,000

    NEW
    Investigator
    Department of Veterans Affairs

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $78,310

    INVESTIGATOR MITIGATION
    Office of The Federal Public Defender

    Parkville, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $85,000

    NEW
    Investigator
    Aetna

    Hartford, CT

  • Estimated Salary

    $106,500

    Investigator
    Apple

    Santa Clara, CA

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,023

    NEW
    Investigator
    Glaxosmithkline

    Upper Providence, PA

  • Estimated Salary

    $85,000

    NEW
    Investigator
    Spectrum

    Smyrna, GA

  • Estimated Salary

    $85,000

    NEW
    Investigator
    Precheck

    Alamogordo, NM

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,023

    NEW
    Investigator
    Amerihealth Caritas Health Plan

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,023

    Investigator
    Glaxosmithkline

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Fraud Investigation
    Combined Investigators

    Glen Burnie, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $43,850

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Fraud Investigation
    Combined Investigators

    Chicago, IL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Fraud Investigation
    Combined Investigators

    Birmingham, AL

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Fraud Investigation
    Combined Investigators

    Columbia, MD

  • Estimated Salary

    $45,610

    NEW
    Private Investigator - Fraud Investigation
    Combined Investigators

    Sumter, SC

  • Estimated Salary

    $85,000

    NEW
    Investigator
    Veterans Affairs, Inspector General

    Washington, DC

  • Estimated Salary

    $89,733

    Investigator
    City National Bank

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Estimated Salary

    $106,500

    Investigator
    Apple

    Santa Clara, CA

  • Estimated Salary

    $85,000

    Investigator
    Happy Faces Personnel Group

    McDonough, GA

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,023

    Investigator
    Amerihealth Caritas

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Estimated Salary

    $75,023

    Investigator
    Amerihealth Caritas

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Estimated Salary

    $85,000

    Investigator
    Amerihealth Caritas

    Baton Rouge, LA

Private Investigator Jobs

average

$45,610

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

What does a Private Investigator do

Private detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters. They offer many services, such as verifying people’s backgrounds and statements, finding missing persons, and investigating computer crimes.

Duties

Private detectives and investigators typically do the following:

  • Interview people to gather information
  • Search public or court records to uncover clues 
  • Conduct surveillance
  • Collect evidence to present in court or to a client
  • Verify employment and income
  • Check for civil judgments and criminal history
  • Investigate computer crimes and information theft

Private detectives and investigators offer many services for individuals, attorneys, and businesses. Examples are performing background checks, investigating employees for possible theft from a company, proving or disproving infidelity in a divorce case, and helping to locate a missing person.

Private detectives and investigators use a variety of tools when researching the facts in a case. Much of their work is done with a computer, allowing them to obtain information such as telephone numbers, details about social networks, descriptions of online activities, and records of a person’s prior arrests. They make phone calls to verify facts and interview people when conducting a background investigation.

Investigators may go undercover to observe people and to obtain information.

Detectives also conduct surveillance when investigating a case. They may watch locations, such as a person’s home or office, often from a hidden position. Using cameras and binoculars, detectives gather information on people of interest.

Detectives and investigators must be mindful of the law when conducting investigations. Because they lack police authority, their work must be done with the same authority as a private citizen. As a result, they must have a good understanding of federal, state, and local laws, such as privacy laws, and other legal issues affecting their work. Otherwise, evidence they collect may not be useable in court and they could face prosecution.

The following are examples of types of private detectives and investigators:

Computer forensics investigators specialize in recovering, analyzing, and presenting information from computers to be used as evidence. Many focus on recovering deleted emails and documents. 

Legal investigators help prepare criminal defenses, verify facts in civil lawsuits, locate witnesses, and serve legal documents. They often work for lawyers and law firms.

Corporate investigators conduct internal and external investigations for corporations. Internally, they may investigate drug use in the workplace or ensure that expense accounts are not abused. Externally, they may try to identify and stop criminal schemes, such as fraudulent billing by a supplier.

Financial investigators may be hired to collect financial information on individuals and companies attempting to make large financial transactions. These investigators are often certified public accountants (CPAs) who work closely with investment bankers and other accountants. Investigators might search for assets to recover damages awarded by a court in fraud and theft cases.

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how to become a Private 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

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.

Training

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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Possible Private Investigator Career Paths

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Top Skills for a Private Investigator

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Top Private Investigator Skills

For private investigator jobs, , companies seek candidates with the following abilities:
  1. Video Surveillance
  2. Background Investigations
  3. Fraudulent Insurance Claims
The following examples show how job seekers include the top skills on their resumes:
  • Conducted field video surveillance in southern Georgia area, of various insurance claimants, on a part-time basis.
  • Conducted background investigations of individuals to obtain data on character, and personal history.
  • Expose fraudulent insurance claims or stolen funds Testify at hearings and court trials to present evidence.
  • Performed background checks using statewide databases for criminal and civil investigations.
  • Conducted Surveillance of claimants to report fraudulent activities pertaining to their workers compensation/disability, which resulted in substantial corporate savings.

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Top Private Investigator Employers

Find the best employers to advance your career

Top 10 Private Investigator Employers

Private Investigator positions seems to be very popular at Photofax Inc. where they currently get hired the most.

The data shows that these companies have high demand for Private Investigator candidates:
  1. NWI Technologies
  2. ICS
  3. Hub Enterprises
  4. Advantage Surveillance Incorporated

In total, 10 firms have active employees for Private Investigator positions.

Photofax Inc., NWI Technologies, ICS, Hub Enterprises, Advantage Surveillance Incorporated, Veracity Research Corporation, Insight Service Group, G4S, The Robison Group, Abacus Research

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