CSI Simplified: Crime Scene Careers & Qualifications

We’ve all seen crime television shows. “CSI” focuses on the cutting-edge techniques used to gather forensic evidence; “Law & Order: SVU” details the dance between detectives and district attorneys; “Body of Proof” chronicles the methods one medical examiner uses to determine cause and manner of death.   

But how do all those people and professions fit together when a real crime occurs?

In order to clearly answer that question, we created this graphic to illustrate who’s who in a crime scene. We also used real-time job search website BurningGlass.com to identify more than 149,000 crime scene-related jobs posted online within the past 12 months.

Our analysis revealed the most common education requirements for each position as well as a median annual salary for each career. It should be noted that both of these factors will vary depending on state-by-state certification policies and the cost of living in a particular location.

If this crime scene guide has piqued your interest, maybe you should consider getting involved and earning a criminal justice degree. Alternatively, if you want to explore a detailed list of these and other law enforcement job opportunities, download our Criminal Justice Career Guide.

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Jeff is the Inbound Marketing Editor at Collegis Education. He oversees all of the blog and newsletter content for Rasmussen College. As a writer he tries to create articles that educate, encourage and motivate current and future students. He endeavors to inform, to question, to answer, to challenge and, ultimately, to help students find the people they want to become.

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