Paranormal Investigator

Study unexplained phenomena and seek out logical explanations.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Paranormal Investigators do?

Flickering lights? Strange noises? The occasional “bump” in the night? If it were 1984, you’d call the Ghostbusters. Today, however, your go-to person is a Paranormal Investigator — the modern-day Ghost Hunter.

As a Paranormal Investigator, you study unexplained occurrences, which might include anything from strange noises and slamming doors to floating objects and apparitions. Skeptics often attribute these phenomena to unstable foundations and gas leaks, or to paranoia and coincidence. Paranormal Investigators, however, attribute them to ghosts and spirits.

Because not everyone believes in ghosts, it’s your job to prove their existence. Here’s how it usually works: Clients call you when they’re experiencing recurring mysterious incidents in a single place. This is called a “haunting.”

To investigate the haunting, you first interview the client and any other witnesses to paranormal activity, and also research the history of the building in which the activity is taking place, including any former occupants. Next, you try to disprove the paranormal activity by looking for logical causes, like the aforementioned gas leaks. If you can’t disprove it, you then try to prove it using high-tech equipment — for instance, thermal imaging equipment, electromagnetic meters, temperature meters, ion detectors, and Geiger counters — to look for unusual temperatures, magnetic fields, and radiation, all of which are believed to be signs of paranormal activity. If these methods fail, you might then arrange stakeouts for the purpose of witnessing and recording the activity.

A real life Ghost Hunter, you basically put frightened people at ease by giving them an explanation for the bizarre, the mysterious, and the weird!


Should I be a Paranormal Investigator?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Paranormal Investigator

    We recommend at least an Associate's degree. Check out these schools offering Paranormal Investigator-related education!
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