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How long do you have to go to school to be a Private Investigator?

I'm writing a story, and I'd like my character to be a Private Investigator, but I'm not sure what a believable age to make him would be. I want to make him as young as possible, but still with a few years of on-the-job experience under his belt.

Asked By: Shiloh - 8/26/2010
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He should be at least thirty. Most private investigators learn on the job at a law enforcement agency and then leave to become PIs. They usually cannot start work in law enforcement until they are 21 and it usually takes at least five years of patrol work to be promoted to detective and four years as a detective to... More
Answered By: ownpool - 8/26/2010
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Answered By: Atlanta Private investigator - 8/28/2010
 
You usually don't need a college degree to become a private investigator. Many private investigators have a college degree, and some firms might require their investigators to have a degree. College courses in criminal justice and political science can be helpful to aspiring private investigators. Although previous... More
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Answered By: Ryan - 9/29/2013
 
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