As Private Investigators, we take pride in knowing that we are in a niche industry that can be exciting and rewarding at the same time. The industry has seen various changes over the years with the extensive growth of technology and the internet. We estimate that there are over 30,000 Private Investigators in the United States today, and that number is growing. One would expect most of that number to be made up of retired law enforcement who enter the Private Investigation field; however, many Millennials are hitting the streets and becoming very skilled in conducting investigations using something they have been fascinated with since birth: Technology.
Our younger generation is the first generation to not understand what life would be like without a mobile phone or access to their Facebook account. Many Millennials are equipped with a college degree, have a need to be in an exciting field of work, and desire freedom and flexibility in their career. The Private Investigation industry is also attractive due to the availability of work, room for advancement, and decent starting wage, something many recent graduates long for. Many Millennials also have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and depending on state licensing requirements, having the ability to set up shop on their own is only an added bonus.
Millennials, and the generations to follow, are sure to have a major impact on the way Private Investigations are conducted. Most have skills that are an asset to the field and they don’t even know it. Investigators have made careers out of conducting social media investigations, background checks, and skip tracing. Field Investigators are constantly updating and testing new technology from cameras, GPS devices, and even drones, to name a few. The ability to use and understand computers, mobile devices, and the internet (to include all forms of social media) are currently, and will continue to be, invaluable to the industry. Almost every type of investigation, and investigative firm, can benefit from a skilled Investigator with the knowledge and understanding of the newest technology, which is constantly changing.
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