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

Detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment, or seek, examine, and compile information for client.

Employment Outlook for Private Detectives and Investigators
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was somewhat smaller than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Limited employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Private Detectives and Investigators There are 1 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 1 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Loss Prevention Officer 3/18/14 Medford $13.45/hr
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 7 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 7 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
STORE PROTECTION SPECIALIST 4/10/14 Portland Ross Dress For Less
Macy's Lloyd Center Portland OR: Retail Loss Prevention/Security Detective Part Time 4/10/14 Macy's
STORE PROTECTION SPECIALIST 4/10/14 Beaverton Ross Dress For Less
STORE PROTECTION SPECIALIST 4/8/14 Portland Ross Dress For Less
Loss Prevention - Greater Portland Area 3/18/14 Portland Nordstrom
Retail Loss Prevention (1110_10018873) 3/14/14 Roseburg Bi-Mart
Loss Prevention Associate Job 3/12/14 Portland JCPenney
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 ---------------- 2013 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
10th 25th 50th
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $12.90 $14.41 $17.86 $22.45 $29.61 $19.34 $40,223
Multnomah / Washington 13.08 14.69 17.77 24.59 32.34 20.11 41,838
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Private Detectives and Investigators
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Note: Self-employment is estimated to be 10% or greater for this occupation.
Oregon Statewide 223 259 36 16.1% 4 5 9
Multnomah / Washington 123 147 24 19.5% 2 3 5
Clackamas 30 33 3 10.0% 0 1 1
Lane 14 19 5 35.7% 1 0 1
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 11 13 2 18.2% 0 0 1
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 8 10 2 25.0% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 8 9 1 12.5% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 8 9 1 12.5% 0 0 0
Jackson / Josephine 6 7 1 16.7% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 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
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Ownership 2010
Retail Trade Private 71
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores Private 36
Clothing Stores Private 36
General Merchandise Stores Private 34
Other General Merchandise Stores Private 30
Finance and Insurance Private 31
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities Private 22
Depository Credit Intermediation Private 19
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 50
Legal Services Private 37
Computer Systems Design and Related Services Private 13
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 20
Public Administration Local 19
Executive, Legislative, and Other General Government Support Local 19
Educational Requirements for Private Detectives and Investigators Workers typically need an Associate's degree and one to five years of related work experience to enter 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:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-0226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
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:
Pioneer Pacific College
27501 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9296
Phone: (503) 682-3903
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 & Investigators 70%
Detectives And Criminal Investigators 42%
Transit And Railroad Police 38%
Police And Sheriff'S Patrol Officers 31%
Security Guards 31%