Crime Scene Investigator

Career Description

The primary responsibility of crime scene investigators is to investigate crimes by carefully collecting and analyzing physical evidence. They may collect hair, tissue, and body fluids from a crime victim, or perform tests on items found at a crime scene. In short, they analyze all of the evidence in the interest of providing accurate information that may help to acquit or to convict a person of a crime.

Educational
Requirements

People wanting to become a CSI should have a bachelor’s degree in an area of science, preferably in forensic science or criminal justice. These degrees can be obtained from many schools, including Sam Houston. Crime scene investigators generally first work for law enforcement then, after gaining experience as a police officer, apply for a position as a CSI. CSIs must have strong computer skills and communication skills, and they must work well with others.

Other Requirements

Those looking for jobs should be aware that they will see disturbing crime scenes, including homicides and sexual assaults. They should have the professional disposition required to deal with scenes in a responsible manner. CSIs must be in good health and physically fit, as they often must kneel, reach, climb, stretch, and carry heavy objects to process a crime scene. They also may carry a firearm. CSIs should be prepared to engage in continuing education to remain apprised of the latest news and techniques in the industry. Crime scene investigators generally first work for law enforcement then, after gaining experience as a police officer, apply for a position as a CSI.

Salary Expectations

The average salary for a CSI is anywhere from $33,979 to $44,176 per year, according to www.crimesceneinvestigatoredu.org.

Future Outlook

According to evidence in the criminal justice system, crime scene investigators have a steady and stable outlook. There is an expected increase of jobs by 19%.

Similar Careers

There are many similar careers in the criminal justice system such as cop, detective, homicide detective, forensic scientist, forensic analyst, and many more. A degree in criminal justice can get you a long way.

Why choose crime scene investigating?

CSI's provide cops with the evidence they need to throw criminals behind bars. They help make the world a better place by analyzing every detail of a crime scene and using that information to solve the crime scene mystery. Without CSI's, cops would have little or useless proof. This feeling of knowing you are helping create a more peaceful and safe planet is one of the main benefits of becoming a crime scene investigator.

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