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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...
Job Overview Primary Purpose and Essential Functions: Audit drivers' daily logs for accuracy and hours of service violations. Ensure drivers are in compliance with guidelines set fourth in section 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). Audit daily Driver's Record of Duty Status (RODS) to ensure compliance with FMCSR and Company policies/procedures to identify noncompliant o...
Description: Position Description: Welcome to one of the toughest and most fulfilling ways to help people, including yourself. We offer the latest tools, most intensive training program in the industry and nearly limitless opportunities for advancement. Join us and start doing your life's best work. The Facility Clinical Investigator will work with a team on researching issues to determine feas...
Primary Role Under general supervision the Lead Investigator will lead and manage major/critical deviations and related reports to closure within the established timelines for the manufacturing department. Will conduct investigations of moderate scope and complexity to determine potential product impact, identify root cause and implementation of corrective and preventative actions in accordance wi...
Description: Position Description: Welcome to one of the toughest and most fulfilling ways to help people, including yourself. We offer the latest tools, most intensive training program in the industry and nearly limitless opportunities for advancement. Join us and start doing your life's best work. The Clinical Appeals Investigator will work with a team on researching issues to determine feasi...
The TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide, operating four major divisions -- Marmaxx (T.J. Maxx and Marshalls) and HomeGoods in the United States; TJX Canada (Winners, HomeSense and Marshalls); and TJX Europe (T.K. Maxx and HomeSense). In late 2012, we acquired Sierra Trading Post, an off-price, Internet retailer of apparel and ho...
The Failure Investigation Engineer will be relied upon as an expert with in-depth technical knowledge of all aspects of Cepheid products. In this position, they will lead, perform and document investigations to determine root causes of various failures. They will evaluate and recommend corrective actions to guide continuous process improvement. Support manufacturing activities for first-line inve...
RESPONSIBILITIES: Our Brookfield, Wisconsin (WI) client is looking for multiple AML Investigators for a 6 month project. The AML Investigator is responsible for ensuring the requirements of the U.S. AML Program are maintained at a level commensurate with regulatory expectations. This role is responsible for performing suspicious activity monitoring to identify customers which pose a risk for mone...
If you are a keen observer with an eye for detail and always gives 110% in order to achieve success, then a career as a private investigator is custom-made for you! Claims Verification Inc. (CVI) is looking for qualified candidates for INSURANCE FRAUD INVESTIGATOR TRAINEE positions in the San Jose, CA area. Qualified candidates must live in the area and cover the adjoining areas of the state as ne...
Our client is a pharmaceutical company on the cutting edge of advanced pediatric therapies. We are assisting this client in educating potential investigators regarding a pediatric clinical research study, with the goal of providing the information they need to make the decision whether to participate. We are looking for a few very special pediatricians who share our passion for assisting the resea...
Private Investigator PhotoFax, Inc is a licensed private detective agency that specializes in video surveillance on insurance fraud cases involving workers compensation claims. We have been in business for over 25 years and are well established in this industry. We are seeking a confident, intelligent, motivated individual who strives for perfection in every task they undertake to help conduct in...
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...
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank® TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at approximately 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD...
The Investigations & Reports Manager serves at the direction of the CICO and is responsible for development and day-to-day oversight of a system wide reporting program to ensure identified compliance issues are reported and investigated and that necessary and appropriate corrective action is implemented. The day-to-day operations of the investigations and reporting function within the Integrity &...
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...
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...
Description CSC is in need of a full-time Front Office Admin/ Mail Coordinator to work our Background Investigations program in Chantilly, VA. Candidates must have an active Top Secret Level Security Clearance to be considered. • Performs moderately complex office duties with Administrative team for security clearance background investigations (BI) program, including word-processing, photocopyin...
Johnson & Johnson companies are equal opportunity employers. Complaint Investigation Engineer III-1326131106 Description DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson is seeking a Complaint Investigation Engineer III located in West Chester, PA. DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive orthopedic and neurological business in the world. DePuy...
Johnson & Johnson companies are equal opportunity employers. Complaint Investigation Engineer II-0650131030 Description DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson is seeking a Complaint Investigation Engineer II located in West Chester, PA. DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive orthopedic and neurological business in the world. DePuy S...

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Criminal Investigator

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$31,176.00 - $125,000.00
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Education / Training

Bachelor's
46.9%
Some College Coursework Completed
18.5%
Associates
16%
Master's
11.1%
High School
4.9%
Professional
2.5%
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