Private detectives and investigators
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Overview
Private detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters. They offer many services, such as verifying people’s backgrounds and statements, finding missing persons, and investigating computer crimes.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for private detectives and investigators are expected to grow by 11%, and should have about 4,600 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Private detectives and investigators are less likely to be automated than 66% of other careers.
Workforce size
Private detectives and investigators, with 41,400 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Education
About 59% of private detectives and investigators have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by private detectives and investigators
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More private detectives and investigators have bachelor's degrees than 75% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for private detectives and investigators is higher than 52% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most private detectives and investigators.
This job's median $50KAll jobs' median $39K$48K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 44% of private detectives and investigators -- that's a larger percentage than 58% of other jobs.
Gender of private detectives and investigators
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For private detectives and investigators, the median men's salary was 27% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 25% of private detectives and investigators are minority, and 9% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of private detectives and investigators
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (9%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Private Detectives and Investigators per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 64% of private detectives and investigators, and 79% have company-sponsored health insurance (15% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for private detectives and investigators
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 62% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of private detectives and investigators who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (89%)
  • Consequence of Error (34%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (34%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do private detectives and investigators earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for private detectives and investigators, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for private detectives and investigators compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for private detectives and investigators (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all private detectives and investigators, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for private detectives and investigators compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for private detectives and investigators (ACS Salary Data)
$53K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where private detectives and investigators work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Private detectives and investigators (ACS)
Private for-profit (53.4%)
Private not-for-profit (3.4%)
Local government (10.2%)
State government (13.0%)
Federal government (14.0%)
Self-employed incorporated (2.6%)
Self-employed not incorporated (3.4%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of private detectives and investigators by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$53K$84K$53K$52K$54K$49K$39K$53K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of private detectives and investigators by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$50K$57K$49K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Local governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for private detectives and investigators

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Private detectives and investigators and gender

With 44% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 58% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
44%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Private detectives and investigators
Men (56%)
Women (44%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, and the difference for private detectives and investigators tops that, with the median salary for men 27% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Private detectives and investigators have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 74% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of private detectives and investigators

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority private detectives and investigators than for 74% of other careers. While this career employs many minorities, it employs a relatively small number of foreign-born people.

Race/origin of private detectives and investigators
White (72% )
Black (15% )
Asian (4% )
Multiracial (4% )
Other (3% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
25%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
9%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for private detectives and investigators by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for private detectives and investigators by nativity
$53K$53K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by private detectives and investigators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), private detectives and investigators typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as private detectives and investigators as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for private detectives and investigators.

Education attained by private detectives and investigators
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for private detectives and investigators

Education requirements vary greatly with the job, but most jobs require a high school diploma. Some, though, may require a 2- or 4-year degree in a field such as criminal justice.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for private detectives and investigators

Most states require private detectives and investigators to have a license. Check with your state for more information; Professional Investigator Magazine has links to most states’ licensing requirements. Because laws often change, jobseekers should verify the licensing laws related to private investigators with the state and locality in which they want to work.

Candidates may also obtain certification, although it is not required for employment. Still, becoming certified through professional organizations can demonstrate competence and may help candidates advance in their careers.

For investigators who specialize in negligence or criminal defense investigation, the National Association of Legal Investigators offers the Certified Legal Investigator certification. For other investigators, ASIS International offers the Professional Certified Investigator certification.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for private detectives and investigators? Below we see the distribution of private detectives and investigators salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as private detectives and investigators, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$42K$43K$46K$50K$57K$64K$74K$0$50K$100K$150KNone (1%)High School (9%)Some College (22%)Associate's Degree (9%)Bachelor's Degree (42%)Master's Degree (14%)Professional Deg/Doct (2%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by private detectives and investigators

This table shows the college majors held by people working as private detectives and investigators. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Private detectives and investigators with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
5.6%
$0$200K$53K
5.5%
$0$200K$63K
3.5%
$0$200K$54K
3.3%
$0$200K$67K
3.1%
$0$200K$72K
2.4%
$0$200K$60K
2.3%
$0$200K$56K
2.1%
$0$200K$48K
2.1%
$0$200K$73K
1.9%
$0$200K$51K
1.9%
$0$200K$60K
1.6%
$0$200K$63K
1.6%
$0$200K$87K
1.5%
$0$200K$55K
1.2%
$0$200K$51K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as private detectives and investigators, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by private detectives and investigators given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Police officersManagers (specialized areas)Social workersProbation officers and correctional treatment specialistsSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersLawyers, judges, and magistratesDetectives and criminal investigatorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesElementary and middle school teachersAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersCounselorsPsychologistsPostsecondary teachersPhysicians and surgeonsEducation administratorsRetail salespersonsManagement analystsSocial and community service managersBookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerksFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersFinancial analystsPersonal financial advisorsSecurities, commodities, and financial services sales agentsCredit counselors and loan officersSecondary school teachersCustomer service representativesCriminal Justice and FireProtectionBusiness Management andAdministrationPsychologyGeneral BusinessPolitical Science andGovernmentSociologyAccountingFinanceHistoryCommunicationsAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for private detectives and investigators

What jobs will most private detectives and investigators hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of private detectives and investigators reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Private detectives and investigatorsManagers (specialized areas)Detectives and criminal investigatorsSocial workersSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersBill and account collectorsLawyers, judges, and magistratesClaims adjusters and insurance appraisersEducation administratorsOffice and administrative support workersComputer support specialistsRegistered nursesCompliance officersComputer systems analystsJanitors and building cleanersCustomer service representatives
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for private detectives and investigators

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 7 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as private detectives and investigators as well as 1% of respondents after working as private detectives and investigators. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for private detectives and investigators
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
159,200
$0$200K$29K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Lawyers, judges, and magistrates
44,000
$0$200K$93K
Office and administrative support workers
30,900
$0$200K$40K
Compliance officers
26,000
$0$200K$65K
Detectives and criminal investigators
7,500
$0$200K$74K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for private detectives and investigators: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as private detectives and investigators? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of private detectives and investigators surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for private detectives and investigators
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
2.9%
General office clerks
356,600
$0$200K$33K
1.7%
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
1.6%
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
159,200
$0$200K$29K
1.3%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
1.1%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
6.3%
Marketing and sales managers
57,800
$0$200K$74K
1.1%
Lawyers, judges, and magistrates
44,000
$0$200K$93K
2.0%
Office and administrative support workers
30,900
$0$200K$40K
2.3%
Financial analysts
29,200
$0$200K$76K
1.1%
Compliance officers
26,000
$0$200K$65K
2.2%
Data entry keyers
16,800
$0$200K$31K
1.2%
First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers
7,700
$0$200K$48K
1.5%
Detectives and criminal investigators
7,500
$0$200K$74K
11.6%
Private detectives and investigators
4,600
$0$200K$53K
33.6%
Word processors and typists
4,600
$0$200K$34K
1.1%
Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks
3,700
$0$200K$37K
1.0%
No occupation
4.2%
Read about private detectives and investigators
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Private detectives and investigators typically do the following:

  • Interview people to gather information
  • Search online, public, and court records to uncover clues
  • Conduct surveillance
  • Collect evidence for clients
  • Check for civil judgments and criminal history

Private detectives and investigators offer many services for individuals, attorneys, and businesses. Examples include performing background checks, investigating employees for possible theft from a company, proving or disproving infidelity in a divorce case, and helping to locate a missing person.

Private detectives and investigators use a variety of tools when researching the facts in a case. Much of their work is done with a computer, allowing them to obtain information such as telephone numbers, details about social networks, descriptions of online activities, and records of a person’s prior arrests. They make phone calls to verify facts and interview people when conducting a background investigation.

Detectives also conduct surveillance when investigating a case. They may watch locations, such as a person’s home or office, often from a hidden position. Using cameras and binoculars, detectives gather information on people of interest.

Detectives and investigators must be mindful of the law when conducting investigations. Because they lack police authority, their work must be done with the same authority as a private citizen. As a result, detectives and investigators must have a good understanding of federal, state, and local laws, such as privacy laws, and other legal issues affecting their work. Otherwise, evidence they collect may not be useable in court and they could face prosecution.

Skip tracers specialize in locating people whose whereabouts are unknown. For example, debt collectors may employ them to locate people who have unpaid bills.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of private detectives and investigators? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Private detectives and investigators must listen carefully and ask appropriate questions when interviewing a person of interest.
Decisionmaking skills
Private detectives and investigators must be able to think on their feet and make quick decisions, based on the limited information that they have at a given time.
Inquisitiveness
Private detectives and investigators must want to ask questions and search for the truth.
Patience
Private detectives and investigators may have to spend long periods conducting surveillance while waiting for an event to occur. Investigations may take a long time, and they may not provide a resolution quickly—or at all.
Resourcefulness
Private detectives and investigators must work persistently with whatever leads they have, no matter how limited, to determine the next step toward their goal. They sometimes need to anticipate what a person of interest will do next.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for private detectives and investigators
Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view
Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for private detectives and investigators was higher than 52% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for private detectives and investigators are anticipated to grow by 11% over the next decade; only 23% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for private detectives and investigators is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most private detectives and investigators? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as private detectives and investigators. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Private Detectives and Investigators per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where private detectives and investigators earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for private detectives and investigators compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for private detectives and investigators.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Private Detectives and Investigators to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which private detectives and investigators earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Private detectives and investigators (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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