Crime Scene Examiner at a Glance

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Best States for Crime Scene Examiner

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Arizona 830 $54,930 $26
Maryland 650 $65,810 $32
District of Columbia 260 $73,010 $35

Becoming a Crime Scene Examiner

To qualify for a crime scene examiner career candidates must meet requirements set by individual employers. Technicians who work in labs will usually need at least a bachelor's degree in forensic science or a related field of natural science. On-the-job training is also essential before examiners can work independently. In other cases, crime scene investigators are police officers who have completed academy training with a specialization in forensics.

Forensic science programs are offered through a number of colleges across the nation. These may include certificate, associate, bachelor's, or master's programs depending on the students' educational background or career goals. Here are a few examples of course topics you might see with this type of curriculum:

  • Crime Scene Procedures
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Bloodstain Evidence

Students can also expect to take courses in law and criminal investigation. In most cases, graduates from this type of program will be hired on as apprentices and receive on-the-job instruction before they will be able to work independently. The amount of time this training takes can vary based on the specific position and employer. For example, training for firearms-analysis could take up to three years.