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Private Detectives and Investigators Job Outlook

Employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for private detectives and investigators will stem from heightened security concerns and the need to protect property and confidential information.

Technological advances have led to an increase in cyber crimes, such as identity theft and spamming. Internet scams, as well as various other types of financial and insurance fraud, create demand for investigative services.

Background checks will continue to be a source of work for many investigators, as both employers and personal contacts want to verify that people are credible. More individuals are investigating care facilities, such as childcare providers and hospitals.

Job Prospects

Competition is expected for most jobs, because private detective and investigator careers attract many qualified people, including relatively young retirees from law enforcement or military careers.

The best opportunities for jobseekers will be in entry-level jobs in detective agencies. People with related work experience, as well as those with interviewing and computer skills, may find more opportunities.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition