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If I get a bachelors in Criminal Justice what would the next step be for me to become a crime scene investigator.

Asked Houston, Texas

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Kim’s Answer

Updated San Antonio, Texas

Blake,

You basically have two available avenues.

  1. Become a police officer, and work your way into the position. Keep in mind that in smaller agencies you may have better opportunities than in larger agencies, but the pay/benefits may not be as good.
  2. Apply for civilian evidence tech positions. Please see these crime scene (and other investigative) positions in San Antonio. All of them are civilian, non-police jobs except the ones titled "police. . . ." They receive continuing training throughout their careers.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sanantoniotx/classspecs?keywords=crime%20scene%20investigator&page=1

notice that all except the entry level position require an IAI certification. A full-time college student can join the IAI for $45 a year. https://www.memberleap.com/members/newmem/newmem1.php?mid=3654219599&lid=3223312&sf=A

hope this helps!

Kim

T.’s Answer

Updated Baltimore, Maryland

Hello. If you are looking to analyze evidence found on scenes then you would need more of a scientific background. Many place look for the minimum of an Associates in biology, chemistry or forensic science. Many of these jobs are done by civilians so you do not have to worry about becoming a sworn officer. I am a Crime Laboratory Technician with the Baltimore Police and my job is to go out on the scenes to document, recover and analyze any evidence that is found on scene.