We surveyed 286 private detectives to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical private detective. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a private detective?



Working as a private detective typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that private detectives are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a private detective?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a private detective typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a private detective?



It’s typically quite difficult to find a job as a private detective. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for private detectives.


Do private detectives work full-time or part-time?

76% of private detectives work in full-time roles while 24% work part-time.