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The Private Investigation Business

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

During the past few years, The private investigation business not only offers interesting and exciting work opportunities but also self employment opportunities for those progressive enough to want to be their own boss.

Entry Requirements

As long as you are 18 years and over and have a clean criminal record then you qualify for a private investigation career. In the USA, most states require P.I.’s to be licensed however, it may pay to check with your state’s governing body on the requirements as far as licenses are concerned in your state.

While there are no formal education requirements for entering the private investigation business it might pay to take a course particularly if you lack any qualifications in other areas. It’s interesting to note some schools and colleges are starting to offer courses in the P.I. business as part of their curriculum.

Work Experience

For those who have experience in another occupation such as the police force, military or government security field then the transition to private investigation is almost a natural one. However, many people who have backgrounds in a diverse mix of careers such as insurance, law and finance are also making the switch.

The private investigation business offers prospects employment in a variety of fields including the business and corporate sector, family and domestic, insurance, online search and investigation and special services such as armed escorts and bodyguard. The attractiveness of this business is you can specialize in one particular area without having to be a “jack-of-all-trades.”

Job Prospects

Now is a good time to join the ranks of private investigators. Why? Simply because this profession is on a fast upward growth curve. For those seeking to be self-employed, then starting out as an employee is a sensible approach. Attempting to start in business first without the relative experience is bordering on business suicide. By gaining a year or two experience with a firm and learning the ins and outs of the business will have you better prepared to go it alone.

The Future

Industry figures put the private investigation business near the top of the industries growth tree. The internet has opened up a new portal for P.I.’s with criminal activity in the areas of identity theft and copyright infringement now rife. The world has also become a smaller place with business going global in numbers and the need for private investigators ever increasing. Add to this the old chestnuts of divorce, litigation and insurance fraud and the future looks rosy for those considering a career in “sleuthing.”

Finally, some states in the US are considering making private investigator training mandatory in fact, it’s predicted entry into the P.I. business may become a little more difficult especially if educational and experience levels are set.

Career In Private Investigation For Beginners

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Today, there is a growing demand for private investigators. This is chiefly because of the increase in the number of crimes and the resulting fear and tension. Therefore, a career in private investigation is a smart choice for people either looking at changing professions or for those just commencing employment careers and stuck on ideas about which path to take.

Why? Because a career in private investigation is not only rewarding personally but also financially and the best time to get started is now.

The private investigation industry continues to leap up the growth curve and continues to attract many people with various backgrounds. Getting your career started believe it or not, will require a little investigative work on your part simply because it has diversified into many areas and isn’t just about following and reporting on unfaithful spouses.

In other words, a private investigator career means being skilled in several areas; investigative, photography and yes, even a little psychology.

Where To Start?

Certainly licensing requirements are going to present themselves at some stage and it would be a good idea to check with your local laws about what’s required. Apart from that, deciding on a career in private investigation means making a decision to make the move.

If it’s a career which interests you then there are several things you should consider before making the leap.

For example, because the industry has diversified, it has presented opportunities in various fields from computer science to infidelity and it may be you just simply want to concentrate on one specific area.

For starters, speak with private investigators about the industry and what it takes to become a part of it. Find out the benefits of the job and the possible downside to it.

Speak with those involved in the legal profession and how they use the services of private investigators. Especially understand the diversity of the profession and whether it’s best to specialize in several areas or concentrate on one main aspect of the business.

It may well be you’ll need to complete a course or do study to get into the field you’re interested in. This is okay because when you present yourself for your first job interview you may lack on-the-job experience but with a degree in a specialized area, you’re more likely to get a favorable hearing.

Another advice for you, you can volunteer your time with an agency, it is another excellent idea to get “your leg in the door.” At least you’ll be able to impress on your future employers your capabilities so it should be a sacrifice well worth the effort. You’ll also be picking up valuable experience about the industry and could just be the catalyst to “kick off” your career in private investigation.