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Private Investigator Trade Schools

Becoming a private investigator doesn't require years of formal education, but some P.I.s and corporate private investigators may have studied criminal justice or a related subject at a university, college, or private investigator trade school.

Private Public Investigations

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) reports that though investigators often learn job skills through work-related training, much of the work performed by private investigators comes from previous experience in law enforcement, military or federal intelligence work. Private investigators often specialize in a particular field, such as insurance fraud or computer forensics. Continuing education -- which may be found at private investigator trade schools -- is a key component of staying ahead of changing technologies, the BLS reports.

Private investigator specializations

Private investigators may seek work in many different areas, including the following:

  • Legal investigators gather evidence and help defense or prosecuting attorneys prepare for cases
  • Insurance investigators gather evidence for insurance companies when fraud is suspected
  • Corporate and financial investigators assist companies with investigations into theft, assets and more
  • Computer forensic investigators search through data stored on computers for evidence

Since much of the work done by private investigators has migrated to computer-based research, P.I.s should be highly proficient in performing searches and navigating lengthy databases.

Certifications and degrees

Some private investigation jobs require associate's or bachelor's degrees, the BLS reports. P.I.s working as computer forensic experts may have bachelor's degrees in computer science or criminal justice, while corporate investigators may have formal education in business, finance, accounting or management, the BLS notes.

Most states require private investigators to be licensed -- and P.I.s who choose to carry handguns or firearms have to meet additional requirements.

Private investigator salary and career outlook

According to the BLS, private detectives and investigators earned national median annual salaries of $46,250 in 2013. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned up to $30,330, while the highest-paid 10 percent earned at least $83,600. More than half of the 25,820 private investigators employed in 2013 worked for investigation and security services firms. Populous states -- New York, California, Florida -- were top employers of private investigators.

The field is expected to grow by 11 percent, or 3,300 new positions, from 2012 through 2022, the BLS reports. The prevalence of cyber crimes and increasing need to conduct thorough background checks to vet potential employees are main drivers of job growth. People interested in a career as a private investigator may wish to learn more about private investigator programs.

Sources:

Private Detectives and Investigators, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes339021.htm

Private Detectives and Investigators, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/private-detectives-and-investigators.htm

Private Investigator Trade Schools
 
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Get a quality technical education and prepare for a better job at TCI College of Technology in New York City.

Programs : Security Services and Management, and more.

Campus Locations :

New York: 320 West 31st St. New York, NY 10001

City College of Florida is focused on providing the best in business and career education.

Programs : Private Investigation Services, and more.

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Altamonte Springs: 177 Montgomery Rd. Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Fort Lauderdale: 2000 W. Commercial Boulevard, Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

For more than 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, career-focused education in fields such as health care, business, criminal justice and information technology. 

Programs : Bachelor of Arts in Financial Crime Investigation(Online Only), and more.

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Fort Lauderdale: 1500 NW 49th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

With Miller-Motte you can expect the focus to be on you, the student, and your career. We are committed to Changing Futures, Changing Lives, and it all starts with you. You can rely on challenging programs, interesting curriculum, and educators with industry experience preparing you for your new future.

Programs : Security & Investigation - Associate of Occupational Science, Security & Investigation - Associate of Applied Science, and more.

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Clarksville: 1820 Business Park Drive Clarksville, TN 37040

Columbus: 1800 Box Road Columbus, GA 31907

Lynchburg: 1011 Creekside Lane Lynchburg, VA 24502

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education. University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (http://hlcommission.org).

Programs : B.S. in Organizational Security and Management, BS in Organizational Security and Management, and more.

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Los Angeles: 14320 Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038

San Antonio: 8200 West Interstate 10 Suite 910 San Antonio, TX 78230

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Lone Tree: 10004 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, CO 80124

Discover how different a school can be at Pittsburgh Technical Institute. Earn a degree or certificate in 24 months or less and get started on a career.

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Oakdale: 1111 McKee Road Oakdale, PA 15071

CTU can connect you to a powerful professional network, real-world faculty and innovative technology.

Programs : Denver - Doctor of Management - Homeland Security, Colorado Springs - Doctor of Management - Homeland Security, Colorado Springs - Master of Science - Management: Homeland Security, and more.

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Colorado Springs: 4435 N. Chestnut Street Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Englewood: 5775 Denver Tech Ctr. Blvd, Suite 100 Englewood, CO 80111

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

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Campus Locations : Online

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

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Anaheim: 401 W. Carl Karcher Way Anaheim, CA 92801

Gardena: 661 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. Gardena, CA 90247

Riverside: 1860 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92507

Morrow: 1564 Southlake Parkway Morrow, GA 30260

Huntington Park: 6055 Pacific Blvd. Huntington Park, CA 90255

Bakersfield: 3737 Rosedale Hwy Bakersfield, CA 93308

El Monte: 3401 Rio Hondo Ave. El Monte, CA 91731

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Fresno: 3602 N. Blackstone Ave., Suite 201 Fresno, CA 93726

Stockton: 4994 Claremont Avenue Stockton, CA 95207

San Marcos: 2085 Montiel Rd. Suite 101 San Marcos, CA 92069

Chula Vista: 310 3rd Ave Suite C6/C7 Chula Vista, CA 91910

Ontario: 4730 Ontario Mills Parkway Ontario, CA 91764

Reach your career goals with a degree or diploma from Everest Institute.

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Norcross: 1750 Beaver Ruin Rd Suite 500 Norcross, GA 30093

Austin: 9100 US Hwy 290 East Building 1, Suite 100 Austin, TX 78724

Houston: 9700 Bissonnet St Suite 1400 Houston, TX 77036

South Plainfield: 5000 Hadley Rd Suite 100 South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Portland: 9600 SW Oak St 4th Floor Portland, OR 97223

Detroit: Stroh River Place 300 River Place Drive Suite 1000 Detroit, MI 48207

Pittsburgh: 100 Forbes Ave Suite 1200 Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Marietta: 1600 Terrell Mill Rd Suite G Marietta, GA 30067

Jonesboro: 6431 Tara Blvd Jonesboro, GA 30236

Columbus: 825 Tech Center Drive Columbus, OH 43230

Dearborn: 23400 Michigan Ave Suite 200 Dearborn, MI 48124

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Southfield: 21107 Lahser Rd Southfield, MI 48033

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