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Investigator Job Overview

For those who love mysteries and solving puzzles, investigative work can be highly rewarding. It's a broad field that includes a range of corporate positions and self-employment opportunities. From insurance fraud investigating or worker's compensation fraud to contracting with law firms to collect evidence or prove cases, investigative work is anything but boring.

Investigators are vigilant and inconspicuous. They use all methods for research and investigations including technology, personal interviews, surveillance, and the Internet. While there's no typical day in the life of an investigator, s/he can expect to:

  • Find facts and analyze information
  • Verify backgrounds or other claims
  • Find missing persons or items
  • Monitor surveillance equipment
  • Conduct field interviews

Investigator Job Education Requirements

While a college degree is not required, a background in law enforcement or military is helpful in obtaining a job. Employers are looking for reliability and discipline, and backgrounds in those fields are good preparation. Surveillance knowledge and a keen eye are also critical to success in this position. Investigators should have a clean criminal background and appear credible, as they will likely need to testify in court. A number of states require that private detectives and investigators be licensed.

While vigilance is important, so is flexibility. Investigators work in many places, wherever it takes to gain the information they need.

Continuing education will be largely the employee's responsibility. Knowing the latest technology and search tools is essential to being successful in this role.

Investigator Job Market

In 2012, 30,000 people worked as investigators, and one in five investigators was self-employed. Most investigators are employed in investigations, armored cars, and guard capacities.

The job growth for investigators is expected to be solid, on target with the national average of 11 percent. Most of the future jobs created will involve cybercrimes, fraud, and security. Internet scams and financial fraud are driving the greatest need in the industry. Background checks continue to be a solid source of work for investigators who want to stay removed from confrontation.

Investigator Job Salary Information

The average salary for investigators is $45,740 throughout the industry. However, investigators serving the finance and insurance areas are better compensated; the average for those positions is around $55,660. Investigators in legal services earn $47,080, and those in government average $46,990, so specializing in a particular industry is more lucrative than generalizing.

Investigators can expect to work long, irregular hours, often without a shift differential. This can include weekends, holidays, and overnights. They may work outdoors or from a vehicle for long periods of time. Staying vigilant and still for hours are part of the demands of the job.

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Position Description: Job Summary: The SIU (Special Investigative Unit) Investigator will assist the Associate Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs in the development, maintenance and execution of the Navitus fraud, abuse and waste program, controls, and associated policies and procedures. The SIU Investigator will conduct prompt, accurate investigations of questionable cases, in a mann...
Position Description: Job Summary: The SIU (Special Investigative Unit) Investigator will assist the Associate Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs in the development, maintenance and execution of the Navitus fraud, abuse and waste program, controls, and associated policies and procedures. The SIU Investigator will conduct prompt, accurate investigations of questionable cases, in a mann...
Nurse Investigator Nurse Investigatorneeded for full-time position in Albany, NY. The Nurse Investigator will be responsible for investigating complaints and developing an investigative plan for cases involving violations of NYS Public Health Law. Full-time, range of hours between 8a and 5p. Benefits for Nurse Investigator include excellent salaries, health and dental coverage, daily pay at par...
About EMSI: Examination Management Services, Inc. (EMSI) provides medical information, risk management and investigative services to the insurance, legal, clinical, and business communities. We empower our customers with accurate, comprehensive information to make informed, reliable business decisions. We work collaboratively with our clients to develop strategies that increase profits, enhance p...
Large medical device manufacturer has an immediate need for an Engineering Strategy Consultant responsible for quality system improvement projects. We are looking for a consultant has deep and relevant Life Science Industry experience with a particular skill set that is mandatory to the nature of the strategic initiative. Provides strategic, executive level consultation and advisory services. This...
Description: normal;background:white">Position Description: normal;background:white"> normal;background:white"> normal;background:white"> Energize your career with one of Healthcare's fastest growing companies. You dream of a great career with a great company where you can make an impact and help people. We dream of giving you the opportunity to do just this. And with the incredible gro...
Global leader in the healthcare/medical product manufacturing industry has an immediate need in Medina NY for a Project Manager. This is a contract position expected to last 12 months, could be longer based on performance. Project involves an existing product and implementing a change plan to address complaints and CAPA investigation analysis related to that product. Currently only looking for loc...
Primary Duties The Lead Investigator's responsibilities will be to lead and manage major/critical deviations and related reports to closure within the established timelines for the manufacturing department. Will conduct comprehensive investigations to determine potential product impact, identify root cause and implementation of corrective and preventative actions in accordance with established pro...
This expert-level position independently conducts complex investigations into allegations of civil rights violations. Investigations are not limited in scope or geographical area. These investigations may include matters having a high degree of sensitivity due to the nature of the issues/and or persons who are involved; there is the potential for significant political impact and media interest. T...
HIRING UNPARALLELED EMPLOYEES AND GIVING THEM EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED THROUGH TRAINING, PERFORMANCE-BASED MERIT, AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc. (SCIS), formerly Pinkerton Government Services, has partnered with Monster.com and is actively recruiting qualified new and experienced individuals for immediate opportunities with our nationwide backgr...
DrivingSales is a fun, fast-moving, aggressive, six-year-old tech company that is already one of the most influential media brands in the retail automotive industry. We serve car dealers with the largest online community (where over 50% of the nations dealers have a member), with two of the industry’s most popular conferences and trade shows and with our quarterly print magazine with circulation j...
Associate Investigator With guidance from supervision, primary responsibility is to assist technical personnel in conducting analytical tests and tasks related to general laboratory operations including conducting laboratory experiments, and processing test data in spreadsheets to organize the results of scientific research. Perform tasks according to accepted methods prescribed by the work group...
Kelly Services is looking for a Laboratory Quality Investigator in Rocky Mount, NC. This is a long term assignment working through Kelly Services for our client who is a leader in the pharmaceutical/medical device industyr. The Laboratory Quality Investigator will conduct and write formal investigations for plant quality issues. Perform impact assessments and investigate to the depth commensurate...
Make the most of your valued expertise as a Temperature Excursion Investigation Center Associate Kelly Services is seeking candidates for a contract position with one of our customers, Lilly, a leading pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. Main Purpose and Objectives of Position: Distributions goal is to efficiently move all CT related material to sites in a Fit for Use cond...
In support of the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, a Litigation Financial Analyst executes the following duties: Assists prosecutors in reviewing and analyzing financial records obtained during investigations to determine the source and flow of funds, the nature and volume of transactions conducted, and the interplay among related accounts Traces criminal proceeds, identifies forfeitabl...
DESCRIPTION Job Duties & Responsibilities: • Investigate all types of structural and vehicular fires • Analyze causes of fires by conducting site visits and applying scientific principles and practices in accordance with industry standards to the damaged structure or vehicle • Conduct unbiased investigations for various types of clients • Responsible for retention and development of client re...
CQ Investigations is responsible for completing ER and LIR investigations for the CQ laboratory by providing documented evidence of root cause and Corrective and Preventative Actions for quality issues. This individual will work closely with employees at multiple levels within the CQ area in order to achieve timely completion of investigations. Requirements: • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years expe...
JOB SUMMARY: A full-time position researching, delivering, and retrieving public records in order to determine if an applicant has a criminal or civil record. Field Investigators are expected to become experts in the public records of the jurisdictions they search. As an investigator you must also demonstrate a consistent level of quality and time service based on strategic corporate goals. POSI...
Sr. Research Investigator, Applied Technology The successful candidate will join a new effort focused on the discovery and validation of cancer targets. The candidate will be responsible for the design and execution of experiments using modern gene editing, molecular and pharmacological strategies to identify and validate novel targets for immuno- or targeted oncology therapies. The candidate sho...
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management, and private equity. The position is in the Consumer & Community Banking (CCB) Operati...

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