Working for a bail bondsman, a debt collector or a private investigator is how many people learn how to do skip tracing. There are no formal education requirements, but a skip tracer must possess good skills with computer systems, software and databases. Good communication skills are also essential.
People hire skip tracers to find lost loves, check up on cheating partners, collect debts, repossess vehicles or locate missing children. Successful skip tracers tend to specialize in areas of personal concerns and abilities, which keeps the job interesting. The skip tracer must devote time to learning about privacy and surveillance laws to maintain legal investigation methods.