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Occupational Report for Private Detectives and Investigators (33-9021) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.

Employment Outlook for Private Detectives and Investigators
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat smaller than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable, but limited, employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Private Detectives and Investigators There are 2 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 2 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Fraud Recovery Coordinator 10/6/14 Tigard DOE
Fraud Recovery Coordinator 10/3/14 Tigard
Job Openings from the Web for Private Detectives and Investigators The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 4 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 4 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Loss Prevention Detective - Beaverton 10/23/14 Beaverton T.j. Maxx
Fraud Recovery Coordinator 10/1/14 Tigard Capital One
Loss Prevention Detective - Beaverton 9/23/14 Beaverton T.j. Maxx
Fraud Identity Coordinator 8/14/14 Tigard Capital One
State of Oregon License Information for Private Detectives and Investigators
License License Authority Web Site
Investigator , Private DPSST - Private Security & Investigator
Investigator, Provisional DPSST - Private Security & Investigator
Wages for Private Detectives and Investigators
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $12.77 $14.41 $18.66 $22.40 $28.46 $19.67 $40,914
Multnomah / Washington 12.83 14.50 18.77 24.00 30.08 20.06 41,739
Clackamas 12.47 13.40 14.97 18.18 23.55 16.67 34,669
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Private Detectives and Investigators
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 261 308 47 18.0% 5 7 12
Multnomah / Washington 145 176 31 21.4% 3 4 7
Clackamas 32 37 5 15.6% 0 1 1
Lane 16 18 2 12.5% 0 0 0
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 13 15 2 15.4% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 9 9 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Jackson / Josephine 6 8 2 33.3% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 6 7 1 16.7% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 3 4 1 33.3% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 2 3 1 50.0% 0 0 0
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Douglas 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Private Detectives and Investigators
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 261
Total All Industries Private 242
Retail Trade Private 94
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores Private 35
Clothing Stores Private 35
General Merchandise Stores Private 58
Other General Merchandise Stores Private 56
Finance and Insurance Private 32
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities Private 20
Depository Credit Intermediation Private 17
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities Private 12
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities Private 10
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 69
Legal Services Private 49
Computer Systems Design and Related Services Private 20
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 16
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 18
Administrative and Support Services Private 18
Total All Industries Local 12
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 11
Educational Requirements for Private Detectives and Investigators The typical entry level education for this occupation is an Associate's degree. Up to five years of related work experience is commonly considered necessary for this occupation. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Private Detectives and Investigators
  • Analyze Evidence
  • Apply Active Listening Techniques
  • Apply Expert Observation In Criminal And Civil Investigations
  • Communicate Details Concisely And Consistently
  • Conduct Investigations And Research
  • Gather Physical Evidence
  • Guard, Patrol Or Monitor Premises To Prevent Theft, Violence Or Infractions Of Rules
  • Install Cameras Or Monitors For Process Control Or Surveillance
  • Locate Persons (Skip Tracing )
  • Operate And Monitor Surveillance Equipment
  • Operate Two-Way Radio
  • Prepare Reports In Timely Manner
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Research Work-Related Topics Using Library Resources
  • Use And Maintain Firearms
  • Use Interviewing Techniques
  • Use Surveillance Techniques
  • Verify Investigative Information
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Private Detectives and Investigators The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
Phone: (541) 956-7501
Programs of Training:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Pioneer Pacific College
27501 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9296
Phone: (503) 682-3903
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Klamath Community College
7390 South Sixth Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603-7121
Phone: (541) 882-3521
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Private Detectives and Investigators These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Blue Mountain Community College
Central Oregon Community College
Chemeketa Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Private Detectives and Investigators matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Gaming Surveillance Officers And Gaming Investigators 70%
Detectives And Criminal Investigators 42%
Transit And Railroad Police 39%
Security Guards 32%
Police And Sheriff'S Patrol Officers 31%