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Private Investigators and Detectives

SIC 7381 | NAICS 561611

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts


Private Detective Services  (view report)
Digital Forensic Services  (view report)
Forensic Accounting Services  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast


PI Magazine, Inc.
Information resources available from this organization include:

Professional Investigator Magazine
http://pimagazine.com/
Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for private investigators and detectives, with topics covered in various issues including agency business operations (e.g., sales, marketing, payroll, taxes, employment issues), investigation specialties, unique investigations, training and education, and legal and regulatory issues. Sample issue can be viewed online with registration.

PI FAQs & Stats / PI Licensing Laws
http://pimagazine.com/faqs / license-requirements
"Frequently Asked Questions" and "Licensing Laws" sections provide a summary overview of the private investigator profession, with topics covered including number of private investigators in the U.S., education and training requirements, licensing requirements by state, types of cases handled, and skills and traits of a successful private investigator. All information can be viewed free online.


First Research

Surveillance, Investigation, and Security Consulting
http://www.firstresearch.com
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast


Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Private Investigation Business
http://www.amazon.com/

How-to guide covers the various aspects of operating a successful private investigation agency, with topics covered in the guide including setting up the business, finding clients and getting paid, how to investigate different types of cases, working with law firms and enforcement agencies, and legal and ethical issues. Detailed table of contents can be viewed online via Amazon's "Look Inside" feature.


Freedonia Group
Private Security Services
http://www.freedoniagroup.com/

Comprehensive study provides in-depth analysis of the private security services sector, with information provided including historical demand and forecasts by type (e.g., private investigation, guarding, alarm monitoring, armored transport, and security systems), market sector (e.g., commercial, government, institutional, industrial, and residential), and region. Detailed table of contents is available free online.


GIA Research
Forensic Technologies and Services
http://www.strategyr.com/

Comprehensive market research report provides a detailed analysis of the forensic technologies and services market, with topics covered in the report including industry and technology overview, market analysis and trends, and historical and forecast annual revenues by market segment (e.g., computer forensics and forensic consulting, forensic databases, DNA testing, and biometrics/fingerprinting).


Infiniti Research Limited
Forensic Products and Services Market
http://www.technavio.com/

Market research study provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. forensic products and services market, with market segments analyzed including DNA testing, fingerprinting/biometrics, analytical forensics, computer forensics, and forensic databases, and key vendors profiled including Aligent Technologies, NMS Labs, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Ultra Electronics. Table of contents is available free online.




Financial Benchmarking Data


Industry Financial Ratios
Private Investigators and Detective Agencies
http://www.bizminer.com  Search for "561611"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios


First Research

Surveillance, Investigation, and Security Consulting
http://www.firstresearch.com

Financial information section provides income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios by company size for firms that provide services such as general surveillance, conducting background checks, locating missing persons, skip tracing, process serving, and investigating divorce, personal injury, workers' compensation, and insurance fraud cases. Sample report is available free online.




Compensation Surveys


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Private Detectives and Investigators
http://www.bls.gov/oes/

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for investigative professionals employed in this occupational category that provide services such as conducting background checks, performing physical or electronic surveillance, locating witnesses or other persons, serving legal documents, and conducting various types of civil and criminal investigations. All information is available free online.


American Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Salary Center / Salary Calculator
http://www.acfe.com/compguide / salary-calculator

Salary calculator provides users with total compensation data for private investigators, fraud examiners, fraud investigators, and forensic accountants based on primary industry of focus, level of responsibility,
primary job function, and professional certification. Full salary survey report which includes additional breakdowns by age, gender, education, certification, and years of experience is available free online.




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