Private Investigator

What is a private investigator?

A private investigator, a private detective, or inquiry agent, is a person who can be hired by individuals or groups to undertake investigatory law services. Private investigators often work for attorneys in civil and criminal cases.

Skills and knowledge

There are a few traits and skills that make good Private Investigators. Particularly, you need an intense attention to tiny details. But you also need to be organised, skilled at research, and be able to build rapport with people.
Here are some of the important skills and traits that help you become a Private Investigator:

Strong eye for details

Interpersonal skills for interviewing witnesses

Good at research, finding information and fact checking

Report writing in a professional style, with correct spelling and grammar

Skilled at videography and photography

24-hour availability


Job Outlook

Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for private detectives and investigators will stem from security concerns and from the need to protect confidential information. Strong competition can be expected for jobs.