The bottom line is that anyone can train to become a very successful private investigator, just as one can be trained to be a barber or a lawyer, but an aspiring detective, to bring some things can not be easily taught. Table: creativity, logic, communication skills and insatiable curiosity! Finally, I believe that every investigator should have a variety of experience and knowledge. I can make a characterization of the private detective industry by large representative of the vast experience, skills, and industry. I've seen one of the most accomplished researchers listed on her resume, "Mom". When she decided to become a private detective, and she did not have obvious skills, she can put her resume, but by her own experience, she has to develop an intuitive, almost never wrong, she can simplify complex issues, most the basic part. . I have personally hired a plumber, construction contractors, car salesmen, and a series of seemingly unrelated type of occupation into my own company, CompassPoint survey, because they have a certain intangible assets in the industry so that they big! In some cases, the discharge, but become PI may prevent you from glorious. As stated in the answer to the above criminal conviction history, some states require PI applicants with the bad behavior of the negative ex-classification to discharge less than honors or other honors service portrayed compared to the PI licenses in several states refused to reason and jurisdictions. Each state requires a license PI as part of the licensing process, and also require background checks. I believe that, in almost every instance, a felony, and will be automatically disqualified (although I know a felon, a PI license issued by Columbus, MO), and may be considered according to the criminal misdemeanor, the severity and the amount of the belief that time has passed, this will vary by different state. Perhaps Florida license Secretary put it best: "position of trust services of private detective and private investigation agency. Untrained and unauthorized person or enterprise, or do not have good moral character, is a threat to the safety and welfare of the public. private investigation industry standards to ensure that the public interest be taken care of and protected. " Secondly, great investigators have a strong desire to answer any questions, only they made a serious and determined effort, identify the facts and circumstances, a complete and impartial explanation. Our business to provide the facts, rather than opinions, we allow our customers to draw their own conclusions from our report. Under normal circumstances, in order to get these facts, we must be relentless in our pursuit of information. This is logic conform creativity. Dead ends often need a different approach! Military discharge will affect my ability to become a private detective? I have my background from many years ago, a criminal conviction. This will affect my ability to become a private detective?