Run away as fast as you can. Please, take my word for it. I have been in this industry for years. it will suck the life out of you. If you want mental stability and/or to keep any serious relationship/marriage, look for other employment. If you want to perform investigations, apply for a federal position. If you have not exceeded 37 years of age and have your Bachelor’s, go for the FBI or another Investigative (1811) position. The ONLY good thing about working for these companies is that we are not stuck in an office 9 hours/day and you meet very interesting people. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not the work itself that is the issue, I like the job itself, it the contracting companies that will employee you: ALL of them! Go for IT certifications, that’s what I am studying. But seriously, ALL of the companies that work these background investigative contracts are blood-sucking. I have stayed in this industry more than I wanted to (for my own reasons). I started one of the other 4 companies recently, working for all off them over the years, thinking it would be different, but it is not. They are ALL the same. I have been working on an advanced degree and studying for IT certifications so I can leave the industry. But, if you want to do this job, go federal! Again, the work itself is important, the companies are horrible!