How to Become a Paranormal Investigator

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Curiosity has led to a growth in paranormal investigation. David Wall / Getty Images

If you have always been fascinated with witches, ghosts, alchemy and the occult, you may want to consider making it into a full-time career. There are mysteries that cannot be explained and there are those who conduct the research and the fieldwork required to determine whether some strange occurrences are simply a hoax or an inexplicable phenomenon. Read the tips listed below and learn about how you can become a paranormal investigator.

  • Education Paranormal investigation is a field of study that raises a lot of eyebrows. There are no steadfast avenues of education that will enable you to train as an investigator. There are certain institutions, such as Flamel College, that provide courses in the field of paranormal investigation. You can narrow your focus of study to include UFOs, ghosts and electronic voice phenomena [source: Flamel College].
  • Certification As with an education in this field, there are no required certificates to obtain in order to work as a paranormal investigator. However, there are councils and committees that you can join and participate in to strengthen your knowledge. The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal publishes leading literature and holds conferences for members [source: CSICOP].
  • Training The paranormal investigation industry is small and there are few investigators who have full time practices. You can join or create a network of freelance investigators who will provide you with experience in the field [source: API].
  • Fieldwork You may want to advertise your services on the internet or in trade magazines in order to gain hands-on experience. There are a number of publications -- including Skeptical Inquirer -- that address paranormal activity and extraordinary claims. These publications will provide you with information about where you should look for work and who to contact to obtain fieldwork [source: SI].