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Private investigators

OaSIS code 64410.04

Private investigators conduct private investigations for clients and employers.

Overview

Also known as

  • Polygraph operator
  • Private detective
  • Private investigator

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct investigations to locate missing persons
  • Obtain information for use in civil and criminal litigation matters or for other purposes
  • May also conduct polygraph tests (integrity surveys) for clients.

Additional information

No data has been provided for this section.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Police investigators and other investigative occupations (41310)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

6 – Sales and service occupations

TEER

4 – Occupations usually require a secondary school diploma; or several weeks of on-the-job training

Major group

64 – Sales and service representatives and other customer and personal services occupations

Sub-major group

644 – Occupations in customer, information and protective services

Minor group

6441 – Security guards and related security service occupations

Unit group

64410 – Security guards and related security service occupations

Occupational profile

64410.04 – Private investigators

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level
Assisting and Caring for Others
4 - High Level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
4 - High Level
Judging Quality
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
Duration
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
1 - Minimally important
Frequency
2 - Once a month or more but not every week

Workplaces/employers

  • Businesses
  • Educational, cultural, financial and health institutions
  • Industrial organizations
  • Investigation service companies
  • Organizations throughout the private and public sectors
  • Public and private security agencies
  • Residential complexes
  • Retail establishments
  • Self-employment
  • Transportation facilities

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Night Vision
4 - High Level
Pattern Identification
4 - High Level
Sound Localization
4 - High Level
Speech Recognition
4 - High Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Evaluation
3 - Moderate Level
Monitoring
3 - Moderate Level
Negotiating
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important