Just like any other job, there will be certain expectations that you will have to deal with when you choose to accept that job. One expectation will be to respond to a crime scene soon after it occurs to collect evidence so that the evidence does not get altered or have any deleterious changes before it is analyzed by a crime lab. Many agencies handle their crime scene rotation differently and have a small, medium, or large staff to handle their demand for CSI work. If you are at an agency that requires you to show up at any hour of the day, you will have to be compensated for that work (on-call pay, time-off, OT pay...etc.).
Joaquin recommends the following next steps:
- It would be best to research an agency you plan on applying a job at and ask them what those expectations will be once you are hired as a CSI.
- Determine whether that works for your lifestyle. You may find out that you love the work so much that you don't mind the 2 AM phone calls because you are fascinated so much with the work you do.