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Are Private Investigator Trade Schools Worth Attending?
While a private investigator has no official education requirements, it isn't a career you can start without any formal training. At the very least, you should take courses in criminal law, justice, and police science. Some private investigators choose to specialize in one area, such as computer forensics, in which case you also need to study computer science or accounting. Private investigator trade schools typically offer computer forensic certificate programs.

Other necessary skills to survive in private investigation may include using databases to gather information, and surveillance techniques. If you plan to use firearms or work in security or protection, you may also need courses in weapons retention and the laws covering the use of force.

All but seven states require a private investigator to obtain a license, but the actual licensing requirements vary.

Breaking into the Private Investigation Field
As you might assume, you could begin a career as a private investigator, working to uncover clues or discover facts. You could work for executive or corporate clients, provide celebrity protection, do pre-employment verification, find evidence to support child custody cases, investigate insurance crimes or fraud, prove or disprove infidelity, find a missing person, or put together individual background profiles. With additional training in computer crimes, you might work on investigating identify theft or harassing emails.

Three in ten private investigators are self-employed and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects significant competition for job openings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with computer forensic training may have better opportunities. The mean annual wage for private investigators was $46,480 in 2008 and the average hourly wage was $22.35.

Private Investigation Schools

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Miller-Motte Technical College
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.
Security & Investigation - Associate of Occupational Science, Security & Investigation - Associate of Applied Science, and more.
  • Columbus: 1800 Box Road Columbus, GA 31907
  • Clarksville: 1820 Business Park Drive Clarksville, TN 37040

Keiser University Campus
Keiser University offers degrees in fields that are in demand and provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
Bachelor of Arts in Financial Crime Investigation via campus delivery, Bachelor of Arts in Financial Crime Investigation(Online Only), and more.
  • Miami: 2101 NW 117th Avenue Miami, FL 33172
  • Fort Lauderdale: 1500 W. Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Penn Foster Schools
Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.
Private Investigator, and more.
  • Scranton: Scranton, PA 18501

McCann School of Business & Technology
Whether preparing to enter the professional world or expanding your skills, education should be available wherever, whenever. With McCann you can rely on challenging programs, interesting curriculum, and a friendly educational environment. If quality is what you want then McCann is where you want to be.
Security & Investigation - Associate in Specialized Business, and more.
  • Wilkes Barre: 264 Highland Park Boulevard Wilkes Barre, PA 18702

University of Phoenix
At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.
B.S. in Organizational Security and Management, BS in Organizational Security and Management, and more.
  • Online: Online, WA
  • Phoenix: Phoenix, AP
  • San Diego: 3890 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92123
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TCI College of Technology
Get a quality technical education and prepare for a better job at TCI College of Technology in New York City.
Security Services and Management, and more.
  • New York: 320 West 31st St. New York, NY 10001

Kaplan University
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
  • Fort Lauderdale: 6301 Kaplan University Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Colorado Technical University
CTU can connect you to a powerful professional network, real-world faculty and innovative technology.
Denver - Doctor of Management - Homeland Security, Colorado Springs - Doctor of Management - Homeland Security, Colorado Springs - Master of Science - Management: Homeland Security and more.
  • Colorado Springs: 4435 N. Chestnut Street Colorado Springs, CO 80907
  • Englewood: 5775 Denver Tech Ctr. Blvd, Suite 100 Englewood, CO 80111

Bryant and Stratton College
Give your career a boost with an education from Bryant and Stratton College.
Private Security Academy-Certificate, and more.
  • Cleveland: 3121 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115

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