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Private Detectives and Investigators - 33-9021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Loss Prevention Officer
  • Loss Prevention Detective
  • Private Investigator
  • Investigator
  • Loss Prevention Agent
  • Loss Prevention Associate
  • Loss Prevention Investigator
  • Asset Protection Detective
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Private Detective

SOC Occupation Groups

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations
33-9000 Other Protective Service Workers
33-9020 Private Detectives and Investigators
33-9021.00 Private Detectives and Investigators

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Tasks

  • Alert appropriate personnel to suspects' locations.
  • Apprehend suspects and release them to law enforcement authorities or security personnel.
  • Conduct background investigations of individuals, such as pre-employment checks, to obtain information about an individual's character, financial status or personal history.
  • Conduct private investigations on a paid basis.
  • Confer with establishment officials, security departments, police, or postal officials to identify problems, provide information, or receive instructions.
  • Count cash and review transactions, sales checks, or register tapes to verify amounts or to identify shortages.
  • Expose fraudulent insurance claims or stolen funds.
  • Investigate companies' financial standings or locate funds stolen by embezzlers, using accounting skills.
  • Monitor industrial or commercial properties to enforce conformance to establishment rules and to protect people or property.
  • Observe and document activities of individuals to detect unlawful acts or to obtain evidence for cases, using binoculars and still or video cameras.
  • Obtain and analyze information on suspects, crimes, or disturbances to solve cases, to identify criminal activity, or to gather information for court cases.
  • Perform undercover operations, such as evaluating the performance or honesty of employees by posing as customers or employees.
  • Question persons to obtain evidence for cases of divorce, child custody, or missing persons or information about individuals' character or financial status.
  • Search computer databases, credit reports, public records, tax or legal filings, or other resources to locate persons or to compile information for investigations.
  • Testify at hearings or court trials to present evidence.
  • Warn troublemakers causing problems on establishment premises and eject them from premises when necessary.
  • Write reports or case summaries to document investigations.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apprehend criminal suspects.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents.
  • Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel.
  • Examine records or other types of data to investigate criminal activities.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with security or safety regulations.
  • Interview people to obtain information about actions or status of individuals.
  • Investigate crimes committed within organizations.
  • Investigate personal characteristics or activities of individuals.
  • Observe individuals' activities to gather information or compile evidence.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports.
  • Prevent unauthorized individuals from entering restricted areas.
  • Record crime or accident scene evidence with video or still cameras.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Use databases to locate investigation details or other information.
  • Warn individuals about rule violations or safety concerns.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Chief Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • CID Special Agent (Army - Enlisted)
  • Counter Intelligence Agent (Army - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Intelligence (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • CWO - Security (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Human Intelligence Collector (Army - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Intelligence (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Security (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Master-At-Arms (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Rifleman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Intelligence Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Security Forces (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Investigator, Private

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Alarm Investigator
  • Bonding Agent
  • Detective I
  • Detective II
  • House Officer
  • Investigator
  • Investigator, Cash Shortage
  • Investigator, Fraud
  • Investigator, Private
  • Shopping Investigator
  • Skip Tracer
  • Undercover Operator