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Crime Scene Investigator Job Overview

Crime scene investigators are sometimes called special agents or simply agents. They work in all kinds of weather conditions, and they travel a great deal of the time. Because crimes can occur pretty much anywhere, their work requires a willingness to travel to those scenes wherever they may be. Crime scene investigators may also spend time at crime laboratories, police departments, and coroner offices.

A crime scene investigator goes about his job by collecting physical evidence of the crime. He then analyzes the scene as well as the collected evidence. The most common job duties of a crime scene investigator will often include:

  • Taking photographs of the scene or working with a crime scene photographer
  • Analyzing the apparent facts of a case to best decide how to proceed with his work
  • Determining how to best collect evidence at a crime scene
  • Making notes of any findings at the crime scene
  • Conducting searches of some crime scenes
  • Gathering physical evidence that can range from weapons to forensic evidence
  • Cataloging any evidence found at the scene
  • Collaborating with other investigators and detectives

Candidates who are detail-oriented and able to keep their composure in the face of sometimes horrific crime scenes will be best suited for crime scene investigator jobs. They also need to have stellar communication skills as well as strong critical thinking skills.

Crime Scene Investigator Job Education Requirements

Most crime scene investigator jobs require that applicants hold a bachelor’s degree in forensic science or one of the natural sciences. That is typically non-negotiable so all aspiring crime scene investigators should pursue higher education. Also, those who intend to pursue further education beyond obtaining a bachelor’s degree may want to consider forensic psychologist jobs and criminal justice lawyer jobs.

Crime Scene Investigator Job Market

There is a predicted growth rate of six percent in crime scene investigator jobs from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a small growth rate compared to most other occupations. The media often inspires interest in the field so hopeful crime scene investigators will likely face a lot of competition for the most desirable jobs in the future. The best way to be prepared to rise above the competition will be to hold a post-graduate degree and work hard to get on-the-job experience as well.

Crime Scene Investigator Job Salary Information

Crime scene investigators earned a median annual salary of approximately $52,840 in 2012. There is a great earning potential for those who strive to get a higher education and hone their skills, and the highest earning 10 percent of crime scene investigators earned a median annual salary of over $85,210.


358 Crime Scene Investigator jobs found on Monster.

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FindJobz Tampa, FL
City: Spring Hill State: Florida Zip Code: 34610 Country: United States Desired Position: INTEL or Investigations or Law Enforcement or Operations Research or Crime Scene or Management or... Work Authorization: US Citizen Security Clearance: Yes Years Experience: 20 Desired Salary: 60000 /yr Preferred Locations: Spring Hill, Florida United States Preferred Employment: Full-Time...
Brief Course Description Rockford Public School District 205 is seeking applications from qualified individuals to teach UW-Platteville’s Forensic Investigation courses “Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation” (FI 1320) during the Rockford High School academic year 2014-2015. The course meeting days will follow the academic calendar. The course will have two sections meeting five days per week...
Job Summary Benefits Supplemental Questions Under immediate supervision, is responsible for collecting, documenting, and preserving evidence at a crime scene. Exercises no supervision. Essential Job Functions: Evaluates crime scene and ensures it is well protected. Photographs and videotapes crime scene. Searches crime scene thoroughly for physical evidence. Collects, marks, and preserves phy...
Erie Community College Buffalo, NY, 14202
Opening Date: 8/8/2012 Closing Date: ongoing to fill future vacancies Bulletin No.: 2012 - 0375 Typical Work Activities: Primary duties include teaching Crime Scene Technology concentration courses; fingerprinting, crime scene photography, and courtroom presentation of evidence. Courses will be held evenings at either North or City campus. Minimum Qualifications: Associates's Degree in Crim... Baltimore, MD, MD
Introduction Two (2) Positions Available GRADE 12 LOCATION OF POSITION MSP Forensic Sciences Division 221 Milford Mill Road Pikesville, MD 21208 NOTE: This is a statewide recruitment for current and anticipated vacancies which will be filled as they occur. Main Purpose of Job The main purpose of this position is to identify, collect, record and preserve evidence found at crime and disast...
Investigator Duties include: locate and interview clients, victims, and witnesses; review and write reports; evaluate evidence and crime scenes; testify; assist in trial preparation; and, serve subpoenas. Send resume with cover letter to: Randy Hiller at 1002 S. 3rd St., Suite 200, Laramie, WY 82070 or *****....
Career Description Benefits Supplemental Questions District Attorney Investigator (Vehicular Manslaughter Investigator) THIS RECRUITMENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Beginning November 18, 2014, the Office of the District Attorney Human Resources Department will accept online applications and supplemental information for a minimum of five (5) business days. Applications will subsequently be accepted ...
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY Bronx County Robert T. Johnson – District Attorney JOB VACANCY NOTICE CIVIL SERVICE TITLE: Community Associate LEVEL: N/A FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Video Technician TITLE CODE NO: 56057SALARY $38,869 BUREAU/WORK UNIT: Information Technology / Video Services WORK LOCATION: 198 E 161st StreetNUMBER OF POSITIONS: 2 JOB DESCRIPTION: Under supervision, with wide latitu...
University of Cincinnati Houston, TX
Job Description: Crime Victim Services Coordinator (214AF0307) The University of Cincinnati is currently accepting applications for a Crime Victim Services Coordinator. Under general supervision from a university administrator, develop, coordinate and enhance resources for crime victims at the University of Cincinnati. Ensure the rights of victims and witnesses within the criminal justice system...
Purpose: This position is part of a team of employees that work together to help fulfill the mission and goals of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). This team, and the certified/sworn police officer, is responsible for maintaining the peace and security of the campus. The certified/sworn police officer acts as a liaison with federal, state and local police and fire officials. Scope: Responsib...
Posting/Position Details: All WMATA posted job openings are available through 11:59 pm the night before the noted Close Date. To ensure successful application submission applicants are encouraged to apply well before this cut-off. The noted Close Date is the date on which the posting becomes unavailable for application as of 12:00am. (WMATA reserves the right to remove postings without notice as ...
PLEASE DO NOT APPLY THROUGH MONSTER! Accepting Online Applications Only: Applications received during this application period will be considered for a Sept 2015 hire date. Performs a variety of law enforcement duties; first responder to incidents; serves as direct link between the department and the public; responds to, and investigates, inci...
County of Riverside Indio, CA
Description Benefits The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking qualified applicants to fill vacancies in Indio in the near future! Under general direction, to perform professional work involved with assisting law enforcement staff in the analysis of suspected or documented criminal activity; to collect, compile, prepare and evaluate statistical data; and to do other work as required....
POLICE OFFICERS The Glendale Police Department is hiring police officers! This vibrant, growing urban community is looking for individuals with the character, competence, and cooperation to protect the rights of our citizens, serve our community, and help us succeed. Glendale is an entertainment oasis, with nightclubs, world-class shopping, and an international destination for sports enthusiasts....
Police Officers All Positions Located in New York City TAKE THE EXAM NOW! Testing Centers located in Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. Check test days and times FOR CURRENT TEST SCHEDULE VISIT: Why should you consider a career as a New York City Police Officer? THE NYPD OFFERS A CAREER WITH A FUTURE. Aside from the benefits and stability that surpass what many indust...
Department Information Benefits Supplemental Questions This position is open only to Colorado state residents. F orensic Services is Growing! New Position - Forensic Scientist I Toxicology: This new position will require innovation, creativity and a solid foundation and expertise in the toxicology discipline. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) officially closed the...
Criminal Investigator Minneapolis, MN Duties: As a Criminal Investigator, you will: Plan, manage and conduct, independently or as a team leader, highly complex, sensitive and difficult criminal investigations. Assist the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), or the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) in the day-to-day operation and management of the Field Office o...
Criminal Investigator San Antonio, TX Duties: As a Criminal Investigator, you will: Plan, manage and conduct, independently or as a team leader, highly complex, sensitive and difficult criminal investigations. Assist the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), or the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) in the day-to-day operation and management of the Field Office o...
Department of Veterans Affairs Houston, TX
As a Criminal Investigator, you will: Plan, manage and conduct, independently or as a team leader, highly complex, sensitive and difficult criminal investigations. Assist the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), or the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) in the day-to-day operation and management of the Field Office or Resident Agency. Initiate contacts with Feder...

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