Cool Gigs

Most foot-in-the-door jobs are a grind. But in a few entry-level positions like these, beginners can get quick access to adventure


Spy on a husband in Vail (It turns out he wasn't cheating). Do background checks on crooked doctors (one was suspected of sexually harassing an elderly woman). These are some duties of the research analysts at Beau Dietl & Associates, a New York City private-investigation firm. Dietl, a former star N.Y.P.D. detective, hires twentysomethings to support the retired cops in the field. "They're whizzes on the computer," he says. "And they don't bring that civil-service mentality to the job." Although analysts spend most days behind a desk, Dietl aims to increase their spy duties. After all, who would...

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