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Private Detectives and Investigators

What Private Detectives and Investigators 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.

How to Become a Private Detective or Investigator
Private detectives and investigators mostly need several years of work experience in law enforcement or the military. Workers also must have a high school diploma, and the vast majority of states require private detectives and investigators to have a license.

Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for private detectives and investigators was $45,610 in May 2015. Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 5 percent by 2024. Demand for private will stem from security concerns and from the need to protect confidential information.

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