There are many different types of paranormal investigators. Some investigate ghosts and spirits, some research UFO sightings, and some chase cryptid animals such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Paranormal investigation has become a big business with the success of such television shows as A&E’s “Paranormal State,” Sci-Fi Channel’s “Ghost Hunters,” History Channel’s “Monster Quest,” and Travel Channel’s “Most Haunted.” So many people are experiencing paranormal phenomena that there is a call for individuals and organizations to perform paranormal investigation to determine what people are seeing, why they are seeing it, and how to remove the paranormal entity, if necessary.
Paranormal investigation is a full time job for some, especially those that live in metropolitan areas or love to travel. But for others, it is merely a recreational part-time hobby. Although fun, even part-time paranormal investigators take their job very seriously.
What is needed to become a paranormal investigator? The basis, of course, is the desire to learn about and try to understand the paranormal. Many people, such as “Paranormal State” star Ryan Buell got their start from their own paranormal experiences. Others are merely interested in the unknown and helping others in distress. It is important that a paranormal investigator gain as much knowledge as possible by studying the field and other cases. By reading about other paranormal investigators’ experiences, it prepares a person for events he or she might encounter.
Another great way to get into paranormal investigation is to join a local paranormal group. Many communities have a ghost hunter paranormal group because there is such a high demand. Browse through the local newspaper, visit the local library, or search the Internet to see if there are local groups looking for new members. Those who do not live in an area with a paranormal group might want to consider starting their own by advertising in the local paper or on bulletin boards throughout the community.
Some larger universities and colleges offer courses on the paranormal. Taking one of these classes is an excellent way to learn more about paranormal activities as well as find others who are interested in it. If a nearby school does not offer courses, it is possible to find online courses.
One important part of paranormal investigation is equipment. Regardless of what type of paranormal activity is being investigated, a good camera is necessary. Both digital cameras and traditional cameras are used during investigations. A notebook is needed to jot down comments and a good, reliable flashlight is another necessity. Most ghost hunters can benefit from the use of a tape recording device, which can pick up unusual sounds and voices that can be further researched at a later date.
Many investigators prefer to have surveillance video cameras, especially when investigating a haunting. A security camera catches all movement and sound, even when the investigator is not physically there. Reviewing the footage from the security camera later can also indicate a spirit that went unnoticed the first time. Full time paranormal investigators usually invest in infrared and night vision cameras as well. Many also like to use an EMF detector. The EMF detector measures electromagnetic radiation. It is believed that if the EMF meter spikes for unknown reasons, there are ghosts or entities present.
Finally, once the pieces are all in place, begin investigating. There are reports of cryptids all over the United States, such as Bear Lake Monster in Idaho and the Lizard Man in South Carolina. UFOs have been reported all over the United States. Keep current on the news to see when and where sightings are taking place, and then choose a clear night to go out and investigate. For ghost hunters, ask family and friends if they have encountered any strange paranormal phenomena. If so, request to investigate the premises.
Paranormal investigation can be exciting and getting started is easier than most people think.