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Private Investigators

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Private investigators work full time or as consultants for private investigation and detective agencies. They may also work as independent contractors for law firms, financial institutions, insurance companies, corporations, government agencies, and police departments. There are 33,000 private investigators and detectives employed in the United States, and more than one-third work in the investigation and security services industries. Approximately 6 percent of private investigators are self-employed.

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