Overview: Private investigators are very independent. Their job requires a widespread knowledge of the local community, both human and the environment. They also need to be very adept at digging into sources of information. Investigators need historical information and they need to be able to track individuals through various relationships and time periods. They need to understand local traditions, local behavior, and the various relationships that people have. They also need to understand local and state laws, guidelines, and traditions. There are all things that geographers know about, study, and use in their work.
Geographers at work: Many geographers work as Private Investigators, either as an independent operator or in a partnership, or in a corporate situation with many other PIs. PIs also find employment in Human Relations (HR) departments in large corporations.
Skills: Understanding the human environment, and being able to access all kinds of data, information. Must know the local community. Must know laws of privacy. Good access and use of technology.
Written by Dr. Richard G. Boehm