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Before getting on to the advantages and disadvantages that go with having the job of a private investigator it’s important to understand exactly who they are and what they do. Private investigators are generally hired by ordinary members of the public, businesses, lawyers and maybe even police officers in order to follow and watch the actions of someone they wish to investigate. The majority of the time ordinary citizens will hire a private investigator to follow their partner – usually after suspicions of an affair have arisen – or a work colleague for all manner of reasons. If they are hired by a business then it is usually to follow an employee who is under suspicion of theft or other work base crime and if they are hired by lawyers or the police then generally, it is to find out more about a suspect or an open case that they have to work on.
There are a huge number of benefits to being a private investigator however, there are also a number of disadvantages that you should take into account before deciding that it’s the job for you.
The first thing to consider is the work schedule that is almost impossible to adapt to. Private investigators have no set working times or days; they work to the convenience of their clients which means that they could be working long, unsociable hours for long periods of time. As the daily life of a private investigator involves following their target, it means that their schedule is dictated by them and this is something that you must be prepared for.
Another disadvantage that couples working as a private investigator is the danger involved with the job. It may not seem like the most dangerous job in the world but private investigators have to do a lot of surveillance of their suspects which means following them, everywhere for long periods of time. A lot of the time private investigators will end up being reported for suspicious behaviour or activity when they are trying to move around their suspect without being noticed. These kind of reports means that private investigators risk being arrested and losing their target altogether; other circumstances could see them having to change appearance or vehicle quickly in order to avoid detection. If working for a legal body then the job of a private investigator can become even more dangerous as the likelihood is that they are following criminals, so if they get spotted then they could be in serious danger.
However, as well as the disadvantages there are also some huge advantages to being a private investigator that can’t be ignored. Firstly, the salary of a private investigator is nothing to moan about as most private investigators earn salaries of up to £50,000 per year.
The private investigator industry has been predicted to grow 22% between 2008 and 2018 due to people’s concerns about their safety; if this is the case then there will be some huge opportunities available to anyone who chooses to take a job in this field.

Emma Cussons – a Police Inspector – wrote this article on behalf of


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