Private Investigator: Occupations in Alberta - alis (2023)

Also Known As

Fraud Investigator, Investigator

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC:Private Investigators (6465.2)
  • 2006 NOC-S:Other Protective Service Occupations (G625)
  • 2011 NOC:Security guards and related security service occupations (6541)
  • 2016 NOC:Security guards and related security service occupations (6541)

Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

  • Private Investigators

Private Investigators

2006 NOC: 6465.2

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
METHODICAL

Interest in compiling information for use in civil and criminal litigation matters; may also conduct polygraph tests (integrity surveys) for clients

INNOVATIVE

Interest in conducting investigations to locate missing persons

SOCIAL

Interest in speaking to question individuals to obtain information and evidence

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes

A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation.

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A codein capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in alllowercase letters means the fitis weaker.

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Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group

Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

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Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties

Updated Mar 31, 2019

Private investigators look for evidence. In the course of their practice, they may:

  • Work to prevent loss caused by theft or fraud in businesses
  • Watch disability insurance claimants to see if they are working at another job while claiming disability, or if their activities are consistent with the claimed disability
  • Conduct searches for missing persons
  • Gather information for lawyers about defendants or witnesses in criminal and civil court cases
  • Gather material or evidence for individuals in divorce or child custody cases
  • Do pre-employment checks
  • Work with government agencies, such as provincial family maintenance agencies

To gather the information and evidence they need, private investigators may:

  • Interview subjects’ employers, friends, relatives, and other sources
  • Take photographs and videotape events
  • Locate witnesses and obtain statements from them
  • Search through public records
  • Keep individuals under surveillance

Working Conditions

Updated Mar 31, 2019

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg

No two assignments are ever the same. However, long hours and hard work are usually involved. A lot of it is routine. Private investigators may work regular office hours evenings, nights, and weekends. A lot depends on the assignment.

Traits & Skills

Updated Mar 31, 2019

Private investigators need:

  • Tact
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • A good memory
  • Mental alertness and physical fitness
  • An inquiring mind and affinity for detail
  • A determination to investigate each problem thoroughly
  • Integrity and the ability to remain neutral
  • Camera skills (photo and video)
  • The ability to blend into different environments
  • The ability to assess how evidence relates to an investigation
  • Skill in report writing
  • Excellent driving skills to maintain sight lines during mobile surveillance

They should enjoy:

  • Adjusting quickly to changing work duties
  • Finding creative ways to search for individuals
  • Working with people
  • Taking a methodical approach to compiling information
  • Working alone for long periods
  • Using technology and electronic devices
  • Making on-the-spot decisions when case conditions change

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

  • Security guards and related security service occupations

Security guards and related security service occupations

2016 NOC: 6541

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 86 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Oct 27, 2021 and Nov 26, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.

Personal Suitability: Reliability

Personal Suitability: Excellent oral communication

Personal Suitability: Team player

Personal Suitability: Judgement

Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal skills

Patrol assigned areas

Produce reports

Enforce regulations to maintain order and resolve conflicts and to monitor establishment activities

Construction Specialization: Reliability

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Business Equipment and Computer Applications: MS Word

Personal Suitability: Reliability 48
Personal Suitability: Excellent oral communication 47
Personal Suitability: Team player 45
Personal Suitability: Judgement 44
Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal skills 42
Patrol assigned areas 37
Produce reports 32
Enforce regulations to maintain order and resolve conflicts and to monitor establishment activities 30
Construction Specialization: Reliability 27
Business Equipment and Computer Applications: MS Word 26

Educational Requirements

Updated Mar 31, 2019

  • Minimum Education Varies

Private investigators must:

  • Be licensed by the Government of Alberta, or employed by a licensed agency
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Be competent and of good character
  • Have no serious criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Have no outstanding charges and not be the subject of a criminal investigation
  • Be fluent in English (to communicate with the public and first responders in emergency situations)

Individuals may be licensed in the following classes:

  • Security services worker, including loss prevention worker, security alarm responder, executive protection worker, and patrol dog handler
  • Investigator
  • Locksmith
  • Automotive lock-bypass worker

To do investigative work, individuals must hold an investigator class licence. They may hold more than one licence class. However, those with an investigator class licence may not also hold locksmith or automotive lock-bypass license classes.

Applicants for the investigator class licence must complete a mandatory Alberta Professional Investigator Training Course (AIT). (They may provide proof of equivalent training.) They must also pass the provincial final exam. For more information, including training details and approved training providers, see the Government of Alberta website.

Some agencies require job applicants to have:

  • Valid first aid and CPR certificates
  • A valid driver’s licence
  • A vehicle

Related experience or education is an asset when seeking employment. Many agencies provide further training programs for new employees.

Investigators need a good working knowledge of the city or area where they work.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Bow Valley College

  • Private Investigation Certificate

Canadian Criminal Justice Academy

  • Criminal Justice

Grant MacEwan University

  • Police and Investigations - Investigative Studies

Medicine Hat College

  • Criminal Justice

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

  • Certification Provincially Regulated

  • Private Investigator

Private Investigator

Private investigators gather information to secure evidence relating to a wide range of private, corporate and legal interests.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Security Services and Investigators Act [pdf], Security Services and Investigators Regulation [pdf] and Security Services and Investigators (Ministerial) Regulation [pdf], you must be licensed by the Government of Alberta to conduct surveillance activities or seek information about crimes, misconduct or allegations; causes of accidents, injury or damage; the activities or reputation of a person; or the location of property or whereabouts of a person.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Private Investigator.

Additional Information

Further certification may be an asset when seeking work. For example, ASIS International offers Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) accreditation. It is recognized in the US and is gaining recognition in Canada.

Employment & Advancement

Updated Mar 31, 2019

    • In Demand Medium

    • Employed 13,000

    • Source: 2022-2024 Alberta Short-Term Employment Forecast

    • Outlook above avg (2.1%)

    • New Positions 211

    • Source: 2019-2023 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Most private investigators (PI) work for investigation companies and security agencies. Some start their own agencies.

To open an agency, a PI needs a contract business licence from the Government of Alberta. Applicants for this licence must:

  • Be a registered company in Canada with an address in Alberta
  • Hold a business licence or permit in the municipality where the business operates, if applicable
  • Carry $1 million liability insurance
  • Ensure that co-owners, partners, and board members have no serious criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Have no outstanding criminal charges and not be the subject of a criminal investigation
  • Pay a licensing fee of $1,500 for a 3-year term

Applicants who are sole proprietors must meet both business and individual requirements. (See Educational Requirements.) That is, they must submit both business and individual licensing application forms and documents. They are only required to pay the $1,500 business licensing fee.

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Advancement opportunities are limited.

Private investigators are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6541: Security guards and related security service occupations. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

  • Business, Building and Other Support Services [pdf]
  • Accommodation and Food Services [pdf]
  • Public Administration [pdf]

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

In Alberta, the 6541: Security guards and related security service occupations occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.1% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 211 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2019-2023 Alberta Regional Occupational DemandOutlook

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Wage & Salary

Updated Mar 31, 2019

Private investigators are most often paid hourly with mileage. Some are paid a commission according to the fee paid by the client. Earnings vary a great deal depending on employer and experience.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

  • Security guards and related security service occupations

Security guards and related security service occupations

2016 NOC: 6541

Average Wage

$20.09

Per Hour

Average Salary

$38,019.00

Per Year

Average Hours

36.5

Per Week

Average Months on Payroll

11.9

Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 6541 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

C: Lower Reliability

Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $28.81 $17.92 $15.00
Overall $16.00 $35.06 $20.09 $17.00
Top $17.00 $37.06 $23.52 $22.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration

Health Care & Social Assistance

Educational Services

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing

ALL INDUSTRIES

Retail Trade

Information, Culture, Recreation

Business, Building and Other Support Services

Accommodation & Food Services

Public Administration $77,425
Health Care & Social Assistance $59,185
Educational Services $48,415
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing $47,444
ALL INDUSTRIES $38,019
Retail Trade $35,993
Information, Culture, Recreation $34,207
Business, Building and Other Support Services $33,187
Accommodation & Food Services $22,491

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

62%

62%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

30%

30%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

17%

17%

Vacancy Rate

5%

Related High School Subjects

  • English Language Arts
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Legal Studies

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study

  • Social, Community and Protective Services

Other Sources of Information

Updated Mar 31, 2019

Alberta Association of Private Investigators website: aapionline.ca

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General website: www.alberta.ca/ministry-justice-solicitor-general.aspx

Canadian Association of Private Investigators website: capicanada.ca

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2019. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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FAQs

What can a private investigator do in Alberta? ›

You must be licensed to work as a private or in-house investigator in Alberta. As an investigator you investigate things like: accidents and personal injury. damaged or stolen property.

What is the demand for private investigators? ›

Summary
Quick Facts: Private Detectives and Investigators
On-the-job TrainingModerate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 202137,000
Job Outlook, 2021-316% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2021-312,100
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8 Sept 2022

How to get private investigator license in Alberta? ›

Check to make sure you meet the basic requirements for the licence. Complete your Alberta Investigator Training (AIT) 60 hour online course. Pass your proctored online government exam. Apply for your Security Services licence as a Private Investigator.

Can a PI carry a gun in Canada? ›

Section 117 of the Criminal Code of Canada exempts on-duty police officers, members of the Canadian Forces, peace officers and persons training to be become police or peace officers from the restrictions on carrying handguns.

Can a private investigator carry a gun in Alberta? ›

The issue of whether private investigators are legally allowed to carry handguns is covered under three Acts: the PSISA, the federal Firearms Act, and the Canadian Criminal Code. Generally, under these Acts, private investigators are prohibited from carrying handguns and other restricted weapons.

What's the difference between an investigator and a private investigator? ›

The main difference between private investigators and law enforcement detectives is who they are employed by, the types of cases they handle, and their legal authorities. Otherwise, these professionals carry out many of the same day-to-day tasks, such as: Interviewing people to gather information.

What are private investigators allowed to do in Canada? ›

Private investigators are legally allowed to do a wide range of work in Canada. An individual can hire a private investigator to do work related to background checks, surveillance, asset searches, financial investigations, and much more.

Are private investigators qualified? ›

Qualifications for becoming a PI

You can obtain a Private Investigator's licence, providing you don't have a criminal record, but it is not compulsory to be licensed and you can operate as a PI without one.

What degree is best for a private investigator? ›

The best degrees for a private investigator are traditionally rooted in law. This could include a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or pre-law. For those wanting to focus on the financial sector – including financial fraud – having a bachelor's in accounting would be an excellent choice.

Where do private investigators get paid the most? ›

Highest paying cities for Private Investigators near United States
  • New York, NY. $31.92 per hour. 12 salaries reported.
  • Los Angeles, CA. $30.24 per hour. 12 salaries reported.
  • Chicago, IL. $29.88 per hour. 17 salaries reported.
  • Baltimore, MD. $28.90 per hour. ...
  • Pittsburgh, PA. $27.61 per hour. ...
  • Show more nearby cities.

Is there a market for private investigators? ›

The market size, measured by revenue, of the Private Detective Services industry is $7.3bn in 2022. What is the growth rate of the Private Detective Services industry in the US in 2022? The market size of the Private Detective Services industry is expected to increase 2.1% in 2022.

How long does it take to become a private investigator in Canada? ›

You will always need at least 100hrs of practical Private Investigator education. You will need to learn the PI industry, as well as how to perform.

How do I start an investigator career? ›

Steps to Become a Private Investigator
  1. OBTAIN A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENT. ...
  2. CONSIDER PURSUING AN ASSOCIATE OR BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE OR A RELATED FIELD. ...
  3. CONSIDER OBTAINING WORK EXPERIENCE IN THE MILITARY OR AS A POLICE OFFICER. ...
  4. OBTAIN LICENSURE ACCORDING TO STATE GUIDELINES.
21 Sept 2022

How much money does a private investigator make in Canada? ›

The average private investigator salary in Canada is $44,850 per year or $23 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $33,394 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $60,356 per year.

Is it fun being a private investigator? ›

Yes, being a Private Investigator can be exciting. However, much of the work involves research, monitoring, and observation. These tasks can be monotonous, but they're an essential part of the job.

Can you shoot a handgun on your own property in Canada? ›

Yes, no legislation places blanket restrictions on the required distance from a property line or on the calibre of the ammunition discharged on private property.

Can you defend your home with a gun in Canada? ›

In Canada, the use of firearms for defence of self or property is generally prohibited by law. The Criminal Code, section 34, deals with our right to lawfully defend ourselves (or our loved ones).

Do private investigators have to identify themselves in Canada? ›

Under Section 34 of the Private Investigator and Security Guards Act (PSISA), every person who is acting as a Private Investigator must: carry their license when working, and identify themselves as a Private Investigator with that licence, when requested by anyone. Do Private Investigators in Ontario carry badges? No.

Can a private investigator interview suspects? ›

No, Private Investigators cannot interrogate suspects. Interrogations are strictly reserved for law enforcement, which has been endowed with constitutional authority to conduct their duties within society.

Do private investigators exist in Canada? ›

Despite the portrayal of private investigators in film and television as those working beneath the law, licensed PI's are in fact legal practitioners. Private investigators in Canada are licensed under their provincial security services and private investigation legislation and are bound by a strict code of ethics.

Do private investigators work with police? ›

You may wonder: do private investigators work with police? Yes, they do sometimes. They also collect evidence that can be used in court, conduct surveillance and search records. In short, if someone wants to know more about a person, organization or activity, hiring a private investigator is a good option.

Are PI's cops? ›

A private investigator is not a law enforcement officer. A law enforcement officer is hired by a government agency to investigate criminal matters as opposed to civil matters. Police investigations are conducted by sworn law enforcement officers and done within the constraints of Constitutional laws.

Why do private investigators exist? ›

Private investigators often work for law firms or attorneys. They might be asked to find information for criminal cases, such as fraud or theft, or for civil matters, such as vehicle accidents or divorces. As they gather evidence and compile a case file, investigators need to know their rights and responsibilities.

Can private investigators use GPS tracking Canada? ›

The Law in Canada

The issue with the above provision is that it only applies to situations in which a warrant has been issued to a peace officer or public officer; it does not apply to a private investigator. Prima facie, it would appear that this tool could never be legally deployed by a private investigator.

How do private investigators protect themselves? ›

By having a dashcam and/or body camera, investigators may discourage would-be assailants from taking action. Furthermore, body cameras and dash cameras can provide much-needed evidence in the event an investigator later needs to pursue criminal charges against an attacker.

Can private investigators hack social media? ›

However, there are limits to the information they can obtain online. A private investigator can check social media accounts to see what is publicly posted. They cannot hack into any social media account to see what has been posted privately or collect private information about someone.

How much is a private investigator? ›

According to the website Thumbtack, private detectives cost between $99 and $150 per hour, with the national average cost of private investigator services coming in around $105 per hour.

What state is easiest to become a private investigator? ›

Becoming a private investigator in Alaska is relatively straightforward since most locations in the state do not require a special license to be a private investigator. Only a business license is required for those working independently, and this is relatively easy to obtain.

What type of investigator makes the most money? ›

High Paying Investigator Jobs
  • Principal Investigator. Salary range: $94,500-$209,500 per year. ...
  • Polygraph Examiner. Salary range: $50,500-$131,000 per year. ...
  • Forensic Engineer. Salary range: $79,000-$121,500 per year. ...
  • Forensic Analyst. ...
  • Forensic Investigator. ...
  • Director of Investigations. ...
  • Corporate Investigator. ...
  • Investigations Manager.

How do I market myself as a private investigator? ›

Some of these tools are listed below as well as advice from other investigators.
  1. Business cards. ...
  2. Freebies or swag. ...
  3. Visit your target clients. ...
  4. Sponsor events. ...
  5. Get involved with community events. ...
  6. Take on pro-bono work. ...
  7. Send newsletters. ...
  8. Maintain a blog.
4 May 2021

Can you make a lot of money as a PI? ›

The national average annual wage of an Private investigator is $57,100, according to the BLS, a little under $6,000 more than the average wage for all occupations, $51,960.

Is private investigation profitable? ›

Yes, a private investigation business can be very profitable because expenses are low and hourly rates are about $100. You should be able to grow your business by providing value to clients who will then give you referrals.

How do private investigators get clients? ›

Advertising is another great way that investigators can get their names out there and target potential clients. They can advertise directly to those clients if they have a specific mailing list (by snail mail or email), or they can advertise more indirectly online. PInow is actually a great way to get your name online.

Are there any famous private investigators? ›

Paul Henderson – Paul is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and private investigator. Edwin Atherton – Though he served as a Foreign Service Officer and as a Bureau of Investigation Agent, it was his work as a private investigator that got him his notoriety.

What sources do private investigators use? ›

Private investigators have a network of relationships and sources they can rely on that facilitate access to complex and exact information. They can check anything from birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, tax records, and real estate transactions to business licenses and court records.

How do I become an investigator officer in Canada? ›

Completion of a college program or university degree in law and security or in the social sciences is usually required. A three- to six-month police training program is provided. Physical agility, strength, fitness and vision requirements must be met, and psychological or other tests may also be required.

How much do crime investigators make in Canada? ›

Average Canada Revenue Agency Criminal Investigator yearly pay in Canada is approximately $88,960, which meets the national average.

How do you become a police detective in Canada? ›

Canadian police agencies generally follow the same process which involves a series of tests, checks and interviews, including:
  1. A written exam.
  2. Physical exams.
  3. A psychological exam.
  4. Medical exams.
  5. A polygraph exam.
  6. A background investigation.

Can a civilian be an investigator? ›

Civilian Investigation Officers (CIOs)

CIOs are trained in the techniques of criminal prosecutions, in particular PACE and PEACE, and a range of investigation techniques. They work alongside detectives gathering evidence and taking statements.

How do I train to be an investigator? ›

You have to major in criminal justice and choose a program in college that offers experiential learning. Alongside, you can also take relevant courses online such as criminal intelligence, criminology and police investigations etc.

Is an investigator a career? ›

Criminal investigative work often involves nights and weekends. This career is rewarding and satisfying, but it can also be stressful because of the situations investigators encounter at crime scenes.

How much do private investigators make Alberta? ›

Hourly Wage
Wages*Low (5th percentile)Average
Starting$15.00$17.92
Overall$16.00$20.09
Top$17.00$23.52

How much does a PI cost in Alberta? ›

The investigators licensing fee is $160. Your licence is valid for 2 years.

Do private investigators make good money in Canada? ›

The average private investigator salary in Canada is $44,850 per year or $23 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $34,125 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $61,694 per year.

How do you become a private investigator in Canada? ›

The IPI Course and Exam are available through the Professional Security Knowledge Network. Persons entering the PI field do so as 'under supervision' investigators. They are required to accumulate 2000 hours of training and work experience before they qualify for an 'unrestricted' private investigator's license.

What can private investigators legally do in Canada? ›

Private investigators are legally allowed to do a wide range of work in Canada. An individual can hire a private investigator to do work related to background checks, surveillance, asset searches, financial investigations, and much more.

What type of career best fits an investigative person? ›

11 investigative careers to consider
  • Investigative journalist.
  • Computer programmer.
  • Archeologist.
  • Forensic scientist.
  • Investigations analyst.
  • Medical researcher.
  • Detective.
  • Criminal attorney.
15 Sept 2021

How much do private investigators make? ›

Salary and Career Outlook
CareerAverage Annual Salary
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR$50,090
21 Sept 2022

How much do investigators make in Canada? ›

The average investigator salary in Canada is $62,400 per year or $32 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $42,900 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $90,104 per year.

What resources do private investigators use? ›

These tools include:
  • Spyware. Some private investigators use spyware to monitor and record activities contemporaneously. ...
  • Device Cloning. ...
  • GPS Tracking. ...
  • Cameras. ...
  • Special Databases. ...
  • Layered Voice Analysis. ...
  • Background Checks. ...
  • Digital Scanner.

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