Learn about the types of people who become private detectives. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Employment Type Mix, 2024
76% of private detectives work in full-time roles while 24% work part-time.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a private detective. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming private detectives at a ratio of 1.37 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2024
40% of private detectives are female and 60% are male.
Gender Bias, 2024
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a private detective and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a private detective and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are more women interested in becoming a private detective than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of private detectives are White, making up 70% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Other, making up 11% and 5% respectively.