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Specialties of Private Investigators

When you are looking for a career in private investigation fields, then you have to focus on some points.

When you are looking for a career in private investigation fields, then you have to focus on some points. Many investigators will select one or multiple specialties in private investigation . First you have to choose which PI service you want to become specialized in. In addition, we were also able to deduce the percentage of investigators who list a particular investigation type as a service at all, regardless of whether primary, secondary, or tertiary.

Civil Investigations

A civil investigation was also in the top four for secondary specialties and, by a large margin, the most frequently listed tertiary specialty. Civil investigations require investigators to gather evidence for trials involving two citizens and can span a variety of cases including domestic surveillance, workers compensation; asset searches, missing persons, and more.


Surveillance was the fourth most listed primary specialty. Surveillance is utilized in missing person searches, cheating spouse and infidelity investigations, workers compensation cases, corporate fraud , and more.

Background Checks

It was the third most frequent primary specialty listed but the most frequent secondary specialty in the survey. Background checks examine a person's professional and personal history and are applicable to a variety of investigations.

Insurance Investigations

There are as many types of insurance and insurance fraud investigations as there are types of insurance. These investigators utilize surveillance, records research, and interviews to look into health, car, home, life, and workers compensation insurance fraud .

Fraud Investigations

Fraud investigations can range from verifying past work experience to investigating identity theft . Sometimes defined as misrepresentation with intent to deceive, fraud can involve a company, an individual, a nanny, a job applicant, or a number of other people, entities, and scenarios.

Corporate Investigations

Corporate investigations are business-centric and can involve verifying the legitimacy of a business partner, looking into loss or theft of proprietary information, and identifying potential of a damaged reputation.

 Domestic Investigations

The category spans surveillance, security, background checks, divorce investigations, infidelity, drug abuse, physical or sexual abuse, and child custody. During these investigations, private investigators provide information, records, and surveillance for issues affecting families.

Cheating Spouse

Private investigators offering cheating spouse investigations as a specialty, with fraud being the only other specialty listed fewer times as a primary specialty. These investigations attempt to establish whether a spouse's suspicions of infidelity are valid or unfounded.

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