How to Become a Crime Scene Investigator

by Shenron on December 20, 2009

From a child’s perspective, there may be no cooler “real” job on the planet than crime scene investigator. Even if you’re an adult and watch all of those infectious police shows such as CSI and NCIS on the weeknights, you’re probably just as in awe as the children are about how seemingly mysterious crime scene investigators are. The profession pays very well and on top of all of the perks, there’s a sense of accomplishment when you make a breakthrough in a case. If you like puzzles and mysteries, becoming a crime scene investigator may be the job for you.

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The first common misconception about crime scene investigators is that you need to have some type of college degree to go far in the field. While you may never get to work in the lab doing forensic analysis on evidence, you can still certainly make it in the field with the right training. That’s not to say that a degree doesn’t help though. There are two main paths that can be taken to reach the final goal. You may opt to go the degree route in which a four year bachelor’s degree in some type of science field such as chemistry or biology. This route will allow you to do more on the forensic side of things due to your training in the biological or chemical fields. If science isn’t your thing though, you can go the route of being a police officer. It isn’t necessary to be a police officer before you become a crime scene investigator, but having a badge beforehand can definitely help.

Whether you decide to take the civilian or officer route to becoming a CSI, the next step is to inquire at your local police agency to find out what they require to make it as a CSI. Most of the time, prior experience is not as important as an education in the field. Many schools offer classes about crime scene investigating and forensics. Taking classes related to the field can guarantee more job opportunities in the field than any amount of previous training.

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Once you’ve made it through all of the hurdles to get an education related background, the next step is to find a job. Because the job market is a little up and down at the moment, and the fact that CSI’s aren’t the most wanted position in the world, you may have trouble finding a job right away. But, if you’ve had prior experience as an officer and are familiar with the ins and outs of the law enforcement field, you can almost guarantee yourself a job right out of school.

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