Azure Jane Lunatic (azurelunatic) wrote,
Azure Jane Lunatic
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Career Information: Private Investigator

The Friends List that Ate Livejournal is definitely a good resource to be able to turn to. So there's a person who's considering looking into starting a career as a private investigator. They're already good at watching people and not getting caught at it, and they have been reading up on it on their own time, but they've asked a couple of their friends to ask around.

So.

What do you people know about the private investigation field? What are the job prospects? What is the training like? How many unemployed PIs are out there? How are the odds on making PI work pay all the bills? What does it take besides an aptitude for sneaking around not getting caught watching people? How secure are the families of PIs? What are some of the pitfalls to have in your background if you want to be a PI? Why would any sane person want to do this, anyway?

My experience with the field is limited to fiction of dubious quality, so I'm very curious to hear what people with real-world knowledge of the trade will have to say.
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