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What are some alternatives to being a homicide detective? I have a health condition that makes me unable to become a homicide detective.

Thank you comment icon Taylor, it sort of depends on the health condition, which, I know is very personal. So, let me ask this. What parts of the Homicide detective job are you unable to do? Can you be a police officer? Are you unable to stomach gross stuff, unable to squat or kneel, etc? Please don't share any info you are not comfortable sharing! Kim Kim Igleheart
Thank you comment icon I am unable to become a police officer. My health condition is a weaker aorta. Taylor
Thank you comment icon Bummer! Perry's answer is good. You may also want to consider law - perhaps a paralegal working for the prosecutor's office, or criminal defense attorneys. I've done some free-lance work for civil rights/criminal defense attorneys, and, it was pretty intense! Kim Igleheart

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Perry’s Answer

There are a couple of jobs that help homicide detectives solve cases. Crime scene technicians or crime scene photographers are two occupations I can think of that work closely with homicide detectives. Crime scene technicians gather evidence to take back to the lab for analysis. Crime scene photographers take pictures of the body and surrounding area where the homicide occurred.

If you want to be the one that analyzes the evidence after collection, forensic science would be another avenue to pursue. Forensic scientists can even specialize in certain areas like ballistics, psychology, dentistry, anthropology, toxicology, and more. It takes a longer time though to obtain a forensic science degree because most of the individuals have either a bachelor's degree or higher.

The last one I can think of that may sometimes work alongside a homicide detective is a private investigator. These individuals are private detectives that are for hire (commissioned). The police will sometimes contract with a private investigator if additional help is needed solving a crime. Other times, families will hire the private investigator to help in solving homicide cases involving their loved one. In the last example, a private investigator may exchange information with a detective to help in aiding a positive outcome.

Thank you comment icon Thank you for the choices! Taylor
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Bing’s Answer

Taylor, maybe think about starting a podcast where you analyze and discuss true crime. The podcast industry is huge, and the materials needed to start are relatively inexpensive. There are great opportunities out there to share stories and potentially even solve a cold case.
Thank you comment icon That is actually not a bad idea. Thank you! Taylor
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Emerson’s Answer

Software engineering is a great career that is an alternative to being a homicide detective. It involves being a detective for computer bugs, with very little homicide.
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Meghan’s Answer

crime scene technician
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the advice. Taylor
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