- Step 1: Take some classes Take classes in criminal justice and police science.
- Step 2: Study computer science or accounting Study computer science and accounting if you plan to go into computer forensics. A degree in one of these fields will be more valuable than one in criminal justice.
- Step 3: Get hands-on experience Take a job where you can gain hands-on experience. Most private detectives and investigators acquire their skills on the job.
- TIP: Most computer forensic investigators receive their training as employees of a law enforcement agency.
- Step 4: Obtain a license Obtain a license to work as a private investigator if your state requires it.
- Step 5: Obtain certification Obtain certification from a professional organization once you have acquired some professional experience.
- FACT: The first police detectives were hired in 1748 in England.
You Will Need
- On-the-job training
- A license