The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 70 private investigators were employed in Louisiana in 2012. Their ranks are expected to grow throughout much of the state.
Louisiana’s Occupational Employment Projections Program estimated the following rates of job growth from 2010 to 2020 in these Regional Labor Market Areas:
- Lafayette: 24.2%
- Monroe: 14.3%
- Shreveport: 13.6%
- New Orleans: 13.0%
- Baton Rouge: 6.3%
The 2012 annual median salary, along with the average wage of experienced private investigators in the top tenth of their salary bracket are available from the BLS for the following areas:
The state of Louisiana requires a license from the state’s Board of Private Investigator Examiners to become a private investigator. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have not been convicted of felonies or crimes of moral turpitude.
A substantial amount of experience is required before one can apply for a license. Applicants need to have at least three years of experience working as a private investigator or in some type of investigative capacity. This must have taken place within the last ten years.
In addition, applicants must take a 40-hour training course in becoming a private investigator. Then, they must achieve a score of at least 75% on an exam administered by the Board.
Once the applicants have passed the exam and received their license, they have a number of options of different types of work to do. Some private investigators track down missing people, while others perform background checks on individuals for businesses and corporations.
Defense attorneys are another type of potential employer. Having an unbiased individual examine the particulars of a case can help substantially with the attorney’s defense of their client.
Detailed information on employment levels, hourly, and annual wages of private investigators are provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For Louisiana, information on Lafayette is available in the table shown below.