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Private Detectives and Investigators

Gather, analyze, compile, and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Write reports or case summaries to document investigations.
    • Conduct private investigations on a paid basis.
    • Search computer databases, credit reports, public records, tax or legal filings, or other resources to locate persons or to compile information for investigations.
    • Conduct personal background investigations, such as pre-employment checks, to obtain information about an individual's character, financial status, or personal history.
    • Expose fraudulent insurance claims or stolen funds.
    • Obtain and analyze information on suspects, crimes, or disturbances to solve cases, to identify criminal activity, or to gather information for court cases.
    • Testify at hearings or court trials to present evidence.
    • Question persons to obtain evidence for cases of divorce, child custody, or missing persons or information about individuals' character or financial status.
    • Observe and document activities of individuals to detect unlawful acts or to obtain evidence for cases, using binoculars and still or video cameras.
    • Investigate companies' financial standings, or locate funds stolen by embezzlers, using accounting skills.
    • Perform undercover operations, such as evaluating the performance or honesty of employees by posing as customers or employees.
    • Alert appropriate personnel to suspects' locations.
    • Count cash and review transactions, sales checks, or register tapes to verify amounts or to identify shortages.
    • Monitor industrial or commercial properties to enforce conformance to establishment rules and to protect people or property.
    • Confer with establishment officials, security departments, police, or postal officials to identify problems, provide information, or receive instructions.
    • Apprehend suspects and release them to law enforcement authorities or security personnel.
    • Warn troublemakers causing problems on establishment premises and eject them from premises when necessary.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 50760/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 24.4/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,330
    • Yearly Projected Openings 130

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Initiative
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Digital cameras
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras
    • Desktop computers
    • Biological evidence collection kits
    • Binoculars

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Operating system software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

    Tags

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