Paranormal investigators look into unusual events, which cannot be explained scientifically. The paranormal term usually includes experiences related to ghosts, UFOs and other unexplainable phenomena, such as disappearances in Bermuda Triangle or sightings of Big Foot.
Investigators may research an event or sighting. This may include visiting the site, talking to witnesses and reviewing background information. Paranormal investigators often use surveillance equipment to prove and document their findings.
There may not be one clear cut path to become a paranormal investigator. You do not have to be licensed in the United States and the field is not regulated. Anyone can call themselves a paranormal investigator. However, to gain creditability, a good understanding of paranormal studies and investigations is needed.
One way to gain knowledge in the field is by taking classes. Formal degrees are not offered, however, several paranormal investigation agencies offer classes. For example, Ghost Villages and the International Ghost Hunters Society, which are both groups for those interested in the paranormal, offer a series of online classes for paranormal investigators.
Classes offered include information on how to conduct a paranormal investigation. For example, investigators will need to determine background information on the site of the investigation. They will need to obtain detailed information from witnesses. Classes may also include how to record and document findings using special equipment.
There are many types of recording devices available for those interested in becoming a paranormal investigator. Itís important an investigator understands the options and becomes familiar with various devices.
Standard equipment for all investigators includes a tape recorder and a video camera. There are also more sophisticated devices that can be used. Since the paranormal world involves unexplainable phenomena, standard recording devices may not work. Investigators often use devices which are more sensitive to things such as temperature changes and minute vibrations.
Investigators may want to consider learning how to use devices such as a thermal camera or an electromagnetic field meter (EMF). An EMF is often used by investigators to pick up electromagnetic measurements, which investigators believe may be caused by ghosts.
Another way to become a paranormal investigator is to get involved with a local paranormal group. Angelsghosts.com is a website which has a directory of state organizations involved in paranormal research and investigations. Individuals interested in getting started in the field can search for a group in their area and ask how they can become involved.
Going on an investigation with someone with experience may help a novice understand what questions to ask and learn proper use of equipment, which may not be covered in books or classes. The paranormal world is not a field where most things can be taught in a classroom. Gaining first hand experience on an investigation may be the best way to learn.
Once an individual understands how to conduct an investigation, he or she may choose to become part of a group which is already established or start their own paranormal research group or investigation business. Whether someone is doing paranormal investigation as a hobby or is doing it to make a living, itís important to understand it may take awhile to become know in the field.
Investigators can market their services by advertising in newspapers and magazines. Conducting classes or seminars on paranormal studies may also help market services. Writing articles for local publications on local unexplained phenomena may also help establish an individual as an expert and garner publicity, adding credibility to his reputation as an investigator.