Crime Scene Investigator Careers

1) Start by earning a degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Justice or a Physical Science (a common degree is a bachelor's degree in criminal justice)

2) Some crime scene investigator careers require individuals to have police officer status, or higher education with a strong background in science.

3) Read more about crime scene investigator careers below, and then request information from schools that will give you the knowledge and skills to pursue a career as a crime scene investigator.

Learn about Crime Scene Investigator Career Options

A crime scene investigator career provides individuals with both an intellectual challenge and an exciting day-to-day job environment. As forensic technology continues to develop, crime scene investigator jobs are gaining popularity. As a crime scene investigator, you can expect to be called on to the scene of complex crimes including home invasions, burglary, armed robbery, homicides and sexual assault. You must be prepared to work any time of day or night, whenever and wherever a crime occurs.

Crime scene investigator careers consist of a number of duties including assessing and processing crime scenes, gathering and transferring evidence, viewing autopsies, attending conferences and briefings with police agencies, preparing detailed crime reports, testifying in court, maintaining equipment, and continuing your education.

Crime Scene Investigator Education

Many crime scene investigation careers require a bachelor's degree in science with an emphasis on criminal investigation or law enforcement. Others may require a criminal justice degree with some background in science. Below you can find a number of online and campus-based schools that offer a variety of criminal investigation and criminal justice degrees. Request free information and get your crime scene investigator education started today.

Crime Scene Investigator Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for forensic science technicians is $52,840. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.
Earning a degree may not qualify you for specialized careers that require more education or experience in the field.