Being a Private Investigator, as with any career, often the more you learn the more you earn. If you’re new to the profession, then it’s quiet common to be learning on the job and, depending on the agency or organization you work for and your current skill level you may be offered additional training. Our advice is to always take every opportunity to improve your skill-set, whether this is via formal specialist training courses or being allowed to shadow a more experienced or senior colleague.
Below we’ve listed some useful links that list the many types of education resources available to support your Private Investigator education and training:
The importance of Education for Private Investigators
Although Private Investigators usually don’t need formal training to enter the profession, many new hires are graduates with bachelor degrees in criminal justice or police sciences. Corporate Private Investigators will almost certainly need a bachelor’s degree, preferably in finance, accounting or business. Those wishing to specialize in computer forensics will typically need a degree in computer sciences or even accounting, since much computer forensics involves handling large amounts of data.
However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that some retired law enforcement officers or ex-military personnel choose to become Private Investigators since their prior experience creates the perfect training ground. Some clients actively look for investigators with law enforcement experience or training, but although that kind of background can be useful, an Investigator requires many different skills. So long as you are organized, diligent, patient, a good communicator, like solving problems and are good at doing research, then you have all the qualities that a Private Investigator needs.
State legislation changes all the time, investigative techniques are always evolving and new tools and equipment to support detective work is always being developed. To stay at the top of your profession, get hired by the best employers and have more to offer potential clients you need to stay on top of current advances. This profession never stops teaching so you should never stop learning!