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Crime Scene Investigation Might be Frightening for the Faint of Heart, but a Thrilling Career Change for Others offers educational options for those who can handle a scary profession

Images of mad scientists in lab coats or gorgeous primetime actors analyzing blood and body parts might have the makings of a Halloween film or TV series, but the real-life world of forensic science and crime scene investigation is not so far-fetched. In fact, it has become an emerging career field that appears to have a tremendous potential for growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs for forensic science technicians are expected to increase much faster than average.

Before stepping into the lab however, having an educational background like a certificate or associate degree in a forensic science-related field may afford greater opportunities; four-year degrees may yield even better positions.

“In recent years perhaps thanks to the often-gruesome “CSI” TV shows, as well as technological advances forensic science and crime scene investigation coursework have experienced growth,” said Stephen Semprevivo, president of “In addition, because those who are already in industries such as health care and criminal justice are often the ones seeking a career boost through specialized forensics training, many flexible and fast-paced learning options are emerging.”

To gain a crime scene investigation career, job seekers usually are required to develop skills in DNA analysis and ballistics testing, blood splatter examination and chemical experiments. Eventually, many choose to focus on one specific skill set, but ultimately the goal is to solve crimes.

“When researching forensic science programs, it may be wise to seek ones that offer a foundation in criminal justice,” added Semprevivo. Forensic science technicians often give court testimony as expert witnesses on specific laboratory findings by identifying and classifying substances, materials, and other evidence collected at the scene of a crime, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Success in the crime scene investigation field requires a strong stomach for up-close examinations. The good news is there may not be a need for a bulletproof vest, as Hollywood would have some believe, since law enforcement usually handles the fieldwork and criminal pursuit and investigators arrive to the scene afterwards.

Professionals looking to enter the world of crime scene investigation can visit to explore their educational options. 

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