Your career in Crime Scene Investigation starts here:
Beyond the Degree
Be a part of the CSI team
More than a Science Career
Find your ideal CSI career
Whether you like scientific study or numbers and paperwork, there are a variety of careers within a CSI team. From the scientists and medical doctors who analyze evidence and bodies and make official determinations, to the police officers and crime scene supervisors who deal with law enforcement and leadership at the scene itself, there are many players who assist at crime scenes to bring justice to victims and their families.
The Crime Scene Investigator is an integral part of any crime scene investigation, with their notes and discoveries used in prosecutions and sentencing.
A digital forensics expert uses techniques to extract evidence from computers that can be used as evidence in a crime.
A crime analyst puts together and analyzes all of the evidence from a crime scene, working with the fingerprint analysts, autopsy technician and more.
A blood spatter analyst is a real-life Dexter – analyzing and logging bloodstain patterns at a crime scene to determine how a crime was committed.
A forensic accountant works to uncover fraud, money laundering and other white collar crimes and may work privately or with the government.
A forensic nurse works with the crime scene team to collect samples and provide care and education to victims.
A forensic toxicologist works as a part of the crime scene investigation team to determine cause of death or if any substances were involved in a crime.
A fire inspector works before and after fires in prevention, education and inspection to see where issues can be avoided and what happened in cases of fire.
A forensic artist helps the crime scene investigation team by creating realistic drawings and paintings based on descriptions of suspects or recreations of missing persons.
Begin Your Career
Even with education and licensure, you will still have to work your way into some positions through a combination of time, experience and interview. Just like with any role, networking and finding a mentor early on are indispensable parts of this career.