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 Content Marketing Editor at Collegis Education. He oversees all of the blog and newsletter content for Rasmussen College. As a writer, he creates articles that educate, encourage and motivate current and future students.

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