Also known as Asset Protection Detective, Field Investigator, Investigator, Loss Prevention Agent, Loss Prevention Associate, Loss Prevention Detective, Loss Prevention Investigator, Loss Prevention Officer, Private Investigator, Special Investigator
Also known as Asset Protection Detective, Field Investigator, Investigator
Private Investigators gather, analyze, compile, and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.
Private Investigators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Private Investigators. More generally, Private Investigators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Private Investigator is $53,320, and the average salary is $60,100. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Private Investigator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Private Investigators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Private Investigators earn less than $31,440 per year, 25% earn less than $38,400, 75% earn less than $73,190, and 90% earn less than $96,950.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Private Investigators is expected to change by 13.1%, and there should be roughly 3,500 open positions for Private Investigators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Private Investigator are usually higher in their Enterprising and Conventional interests.
Private Investigators typically have very strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Also, Private Investigators typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Private Investigator tend to value Independence, Achievement, and Recognition.
Most importantly, Private Investigators strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Private Investigators strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Lastly, Private Investigators moderately value Recognition. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Private Investigators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as integrity, attention to detail, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Private Investigators, ranked by importance:
Private Investigators often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Private Investigators usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Private Investigators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, law and government, or administrative knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Private Investigators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Private Investigators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Private Investigators need abilities such as inductive reasoning, near vision, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Private Investigators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Private Investigators frequently use skills like active listening, speaking, and reading comprehension to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Private Investigators, ranked by their relative importance.
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