Private Investigator

Private detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters.

Introduction:

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.

Career Opportunities:

  • Private Investigator

Employment Outlook:

Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Salary:

The average wage for this career is $22.81 hourly, or $47,450 annually plus tips.

 

Location and Hours:

  • Hialeah Miami-Lakes Adult Education Center (Certificate – 40 Hours)
  • Miami Coral Park Adult Education Center (Certificate – 40 Hours)
  • South Dade Technical College (Certificate – 40 Hours)

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