Private investigators often work for insurance companies, businesses, the general public, or attorneys to reveal private information on a specific source. The majority of private investigators possess experience in public service or defense. However, other private investigators are simply college graduates with various backgrounds.
To become a private investigator an individual must first enroll in detective school. Typically these schools are available for individuals who lack experience within the field of law or security. A detective school will teach an individual the necessary skills (fingerprinting, taking samples of evidence, use of firearms, and conducting legal investigations) that a private investigator must possess.
Writing formal and professional reports is another skill necessary to become a private investigator. The individual must be proficient at running background and credit checks, as well as conducting computer searches.
Following the obtainment of such skills the individual must apply for a private investigator’s license if one is required in the particular State. The area’s local police department will explain which licenses (if any) are necessary to become a private investigator and which Government agencies administer the licensing procedures.