This can be a stressful job. Having to break it to an adopted child that their parent has died, worrying about being discovered by someone you are tailing, even just the stress of making ends meet when you are self-employed…these can all take a toll on you.
It can also be a boring job. A lot of times, private detectives must spend time in the office making phone calls, interviewing clients, conducting computer search, promoting their firm if they are self-employed, or researching cases. Your most stressful part of the day may be deciding between a slice of pizza or a meatball sub.
Your clients may not be the most stable people on the planet. Depending on the case, you could be dealing with a distraught client. However, private detectives who work for corporations or government agencies have the benefit of keeping a professional atmosphere when handling cases. It is important for private detectives to separate their work from their personal life. Taking home the stress of looking for a missing child every day leads to emotional wear and tear.
Furthermore, emotions can run wild when you are dealing with an infidelity case, and there are always a lot of infidelity cases that you can investigate. Studies have shown that around 20 percent of married men and 14 percent of married women admit to having an affair. Yikes! People hire private detectives in order to confirm their suspicions. This can translate to a great deal of stress. It is up to you to come up with evidence that can change someone’s life forever. Private detectives have to handle infidelity cases with understanding and respect. Don't suggest a good dating website after giving your client some bad news.