We’ve all seen crime TV 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 work together when a real crime occurs?
In order to clearly answer that question, we created this graphic to illustrate who’s who on a crime scene. We also used real-time job analysis software to examine more than 17,000 crime scene jobs posted over the past year.1
The data revealed the most common education requirements for each position as well as a median annual salary for each career.2 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.
Survey the scene below to get a high-level understanding of each of these crime scene jobs. If you’re intrigued at the thought of working on a crime scene, check out our article, How Accurate are Crime Shows on TV? Debunking 7 Common Myths.
1Burning-Glass.com (analysis of 17,452 crime scene job postings, February 01, 2016–January 31, 2017).
2Salary data represents national averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published in July 2013. It has since been updated to include information relevant to 2017.