At City College you can get the training and skills that will allow you to get a job in the exciting field of private investigating. You don’t have to join the police force to be a detective. There are plenty of opportunities for trained private investigators to work for lawyers, insurance companies, banks, department stores, private investigating firms, and more.

If you have always thought you had a knack for this kind of work, it helps to know just what a private investigator does on a daily basis. Every day has the potential to be different from the last. On any given day, a private investigator could be doing any of these important tasks:

  • Search for a missing person.

    Sometimes people hire private investigators to complement police work, such as in finding a missing person. If a parent believes the police are not doing enough to track down a runaway or a husband is convinced his wife didn’t just leave him, but the police are not, an investigator may be called in to help.


  • Find relatives.

    Investigating isn’t always about crimes or wrongdoing. An investigator may also be used to find the biological parents of adopted children or the children that a mother or father gave up for adoption years earlier. A private investigator can be an important part of a special reunion between long-lost relatives.


  • Surveillance.

    Watching and waiting is a typical job for a private investigator. They may need to sit in a car and watch a house to wait for someone to leave or to get photographic evidence of infidelity for a divorce case or of faking an injury for insurance fraud.


  • Conduct a background check.

    A lot of what modern investigators do takes place online. Background checks and digging for extra information is important in many types of investigation. An online or background check may involve finding previous addresses, looking for birth and death records, researching property holdings, and more.


  • Verify employment claims.

    A private investigator may be asked to verify information that employees or potential employees give, such as job history or educational experience. An investigator may also be needed to verify claims that employees make for workers’ compensation to help the employer avoid false claims and fraud.


  • Investigate investments and business partners.

    Some people may hire an investigator to vet a potential new business partner or a company or person looking for investment money. A trained investigator can find out more details and make sure a client is not wasting time and money on a bad investment or shady new partner.


  • Follow the law.

    One thing that private investigators do not do is break the law. They do not have the same authority as police officers and any information or evidence obtained illegally cannot be used.


If you’re ready to kick off your private investigator career in this exciting field, contact City College today to find out more about our private investigation program. We offer classes at our Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Altamonte Springs campuses with small class sizes, hands-on training, and industry professionals for instructors.