A private eye is someone interested in and knowledgeable about the law, proficient in research and investigation, and capable of working extensive hours. A private eye is sensitive but confident, flexible and resourceful, and with good memory and communication skills. You have all that it takes to be a private eye, even the educational qualifications, but for one reason or another, you just know a career in P.I. isn’t for you. If so, here are other career options you could consider.
Paralegal / Lawyer / Judge
You can take your education to the next step and pursue a career in law. You can be a paralegal if you like the analytical aspect of law practice but you don’t fancy making speeches in court. Of course, you can go all the way by becoming a lawyer or even a judge. You have all the traits required for these positions. All you lack is the final choice: what do you want to be?
Is the life of a private eye too exciting and dangerous? Then perhaps you’d like something safe but still fun by working as a secret shopper. Companies hire secret shoppers to evaluate the quality of service offered in their stores. This job doesn’t pay as well as private investigation does, but at least it allows you more hours to enjoy with your loved ones.
Perhaps it’s working for the private sector that you object to? Then of course you should try working for the public sector, particularly the CIA or the FBI.
CIA agents are highly paid, but they’re also required to meet high exacting standards for the job. CIA agents are primarily responsible for all activities related to foreign intelligence and national security.
FBI agents, on the other hand, may not be as low profile as the CIA but they’re well-paid too, with an annual salary ranging from $40,000 to $100,000. Their job scope is concentrated on infringement cases, but they could also be called to task for cases related to national security.
Think CSI. You can still hold a gun during investigations, but it’s doubtful you’ll have a chance to use it. Most likely, you’ll have to whip out gloves to keep from contaminating physical evidence. As part of the forensic science crew, it’s your job to determine the relevance of evidence to the case as well as possible sources.
There are other possible careers for you out there, including but not limited to working in other positions in the government or working as an auditor for private and public sectors. Just remember to match your traits with the job specifications and you’re sure to find your ideal career.
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