This paragraph is followed by a large infographic entitled “Who’s Who on a Crime Scene? Careers & Qualifications.”
Please note as you discover the roles described that all included salary data represents national average earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. Education conditions in your area may vary. The included information comes from Burning-Glass.com and their analysis of 17,432 crime scene job postings, from February 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017.
As we go into the graphic, we see that the top panel shows an active crime scene.
In the center, a person in a blue uniform is assisting another person – presumably handcuffed – into a police car. The text states: Police Sergeant. Supervising patrol officers and leading the efforts of the homicide unit. Typical degree: Bachelor’s degree. Median annual salary: $63,493. Jobs posted in the past year: 301.
On the right, facing a group of civilians on the sidewalk, are two people. The text above them reads: Police Detectives. Obtaining facts and statements from potential witnesses and complainants. Typical degree: Bachelor’s degree. Median annual salary: $60,690. Jobs posted in the past year: 241.
In the foreground of the image, a uniformed officer stands behind yellow caution tape, holding back onlookers. The accompanying text tells us that this is one of the: Police Patrol Officers. Maintaining the integrity of the crime scene by keeping bystanders out. Typical degree: Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree. Median annual salary: $52,467. Jobs posted in the past year: 14,053.
The middle panel shows two people, one kneeling on the ground next to a body, the other standing to the side and taking notes.
The text near the white-coated person kneeling on the ground says: Forensic Science Technician. Collecting, classifying and analyzing physical evidence from the victim and crime scene. Typical degree: Bachelor’s degree. Median annual salary: $58,270. Jobs posted in the past year: 784.
To the right of the person taking notes, we see: Medical Examiner/Forensic Pathologist. Recording the position and condition of the victim and related evidence to determine the cause/manner of death. Typical degree: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Median annual salary: $68,342. Jobs posted in the past year: 737.
In the final panel at the bottom of the image, we see two people talking, while another takes photos of the chalk outline of a body.
The person on the far left, in a business suit, is labeled as: City/County Attorney. Working with investigators to expedite any necessary search warrants. Typical degree: Master’s degree or law degree (J.D.). Median annual salary: $99,587. Jobs posted in the past year: 377.
Speaking to the man in the business suit is someone in a full uniform. An arrow indicates that this is the Police Chief. Liaising between the investigation and the mayor and city/county attorney. Typical degree: Bachelor’s degree. Median annual salary: $103,587. Jobs posted in the past year: 868.
Finally, we learn that the person with the camera is a Forensic Photographer. Using high-tech cameras, lenses and filters to photograph any materials or impressions that may be used as evidence in a trial. Typical degree: Certificate. Media annual salary: $36,980. Jobs posted in the past year: 91.
It should be noted that the image was created by Rasmussen College – a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefits Corporation – to promote our education programs and to provide general career-related information covering crime scene careers. Rasmussen College does not offer programs to prepare students for every occupation profiled in this infographic. Please see rasmussen.edu/degrees for a list of the programs we offer.