Educational Requirements Some of the educational requirements for Crime Scene Technician include 60 credit hours of College Associate Degree in Science Recommended to have a degree in Chemistry, Biology, Criminal Justice, or Crime Scene Tech
General Requirements Good computer, communication, and detail-oriented nature Strong Stomach On Call (nights, holidays, weekends at any hour) Dedication Extensive background checks Polygraph exam/Physical exam Credit check Psychological evaluation
Job Responsibilities Attend autopsies Assist Pathologist with collecting any physical evidence on the body Collection and preservation of physical evidence left at the crime scene Paperwork Laboratory work Testify in Court
Salary The salary of a Crime Scene Technician varies depending on where in the United States you live. National Average is $46,000-$60,000 Average for the Tampa Bay area is around $51,000 Average for the Miami area is around $65,000 Larger Cities have higher salaries due to population and higher chance for crime.
Employment Outlook The employment outlook for the Crime Scene Technician field is positive. Rapidly growing field Jobs in this field are expected to increase up to 20% by 2018 which is much higher than the national average Techniques expected to improve over time which would make a CST more important in a court preceding
Employment Outlook (Cont.) Improving techniques will also increase the relevance for forensic technicians in general Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase the demand for people in this field and similar fields
Miscellaneous Information Can prove that a crime has been committed Establish and key elements of the crime Link a suspect with a scene or a victim Establish the identity of a victim Confirm and support verbal witness testimony Exonerate the innocent
Why This Career Suits Me Cases will always be different Requires problem solving Not Typical 9 to 5 career Want to get the correct people convicted for violent crimes