Work Nature

  • Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.
  • Keep records and prepare reports detailing findings, investigative methods, and laboratory techniques. 
  • Collect evidence from crime scenes, storing it in conditions that preserve its integrity. 
  • Testify in court about investigative or analytical methods or findings. 
  • Use photographic or video equipment to document evidence or crime scenes. 
  • Visit morgues, examine scenes of crimes, or contact other sources to obtain evidence or information to be used in investigations. 
  • Reconstruct crime scenes to determine relationships among pieces of evidence. 
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus. 
  • Confer with ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, documents, electronics, medical, chemical, or metallurgical experts concerning evidence and its interpretation. 
  • Prepare solutions, reagents, or sample formulations needed for laboratory work. 
  • Use chemicals or other substances to examine latent fingerprint evidence and compare developed prints to those of known persons in databases.

Key Skills

  • Chromatography
  • Electron microscopy and DNA profiling
  • Chemistry

Occupations

  • CSI (Crime Scene Investigator)
  • Crime Scene Analyst
  • Crime Scene Technician (Crime Scene Tech)
  • Evidence Technician
  • Forensic Science Examiner
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Latent Fingerprint Examiner
  • Latent Print Examiner
  • Crime Laboratory Analyst

Career Analysis

1 Fees
Low
2 Demand
Medium
3 Salary
Medium
4 Level Of Preparation
Low

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