Want to Become A Crime Scene Investigator? Here Are The Facts
WHAT DOES A CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATOR DO?
There are many subspecialties involved when it comes to the department of crime scene investigators, or CSI. In general, a crime scene investigator is a professional trained to collect, preserve and process evidence at the scene of a crime.
HOW MUCH DO CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATORS MAKE?
The average annual salary for a crime scene investigator in the US is an estimated $58,610, and $69,040 in Massachusetts as of May 2014. (http://www.bls.gov).
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
The majority of positions as a CSI require a four year degree, like a bachelor’s in criminal justice. Some on-the-job training will be required in some positions, and internships.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
Crime scene investigators evaluate an entire crime scene and compile reports to be used by police officers and lawyers to build a case for legal trials. CSIs will may also need to be present at an autopsy and possibly explain to a judge or jury the details of their crime scene report. The work environment of a crime scene investigator varies with each case: you may be needed on the scene of a murder in the woods, and then need to consult with lawyers and police officers in court or office building. Desired skills include problem-solving capabilities, work well under pressure and highly organized. One should note this role is not for the faint-hearted!
THE FUTURE OF CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATORS
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of CSIs is expected to grow by 27% between 2014 and 2024. Ready to begin your journey toward becoming a Crime Scene Investigator? Read more about our Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Program or request more information today.