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I is for… Investigator!

Investigators are the people that dig into data, follow people in search of clues, and otherwise do investigatory work for a living.

“U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Carroll, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, searches for a vehicle identification number among the wreckage of a pick-up truck on the range at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 28, 2011” (photo credit: Official U.S. Air Force)

There are several types of investigators, including Clinical Investigators and Criminal Investigators. Clinical Investigators are the people who perform clinical studies, such as drug tests, either setting up the investigations to be performed or carrying out the testing itself. They will also analyze the data after the investigation is concluded, in order to produce results and determine whether or not the trial was a success or a failure.

Criminal Investigators are sometimes known as Private Investigators, or PIs. These are the sleuths or detectives you’ve probably seen on TV or in movies. Think of Inspector Gadget (although preferably with more brains and less gadgets!), and you’ve got the classic cartoon Criminal Investigator.

Criminal Investigators track down clues, follow people around, take photos, collect evidence, interview suspects and other people who might have relevant information about a case, and otherwise do their best to solve crimes or client cases. They are usually solving crimes, which can be painful (particularly if the crime is a murder), but can at least provide a sense of closure for the victims’ families.

“Petty Officer 2nd Class Sienna Stuck opens a door to investigate simulated damage during a general quarters drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).” (photo credit: SurfaceWarriors)

There are also Crime Scene Investigators, which you may be familiar with if you watch CSI.

In short, investigators investigate! If you’re good at finding information or people, solving puzzles, or obtaining clues, this would be a cool job for you.

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