Crime scene investigators, or CSI’s as they are known now thanks to the popular television shows, help police departments solve crimes. They analyze and collect evidence in order to identify and rule out suspects. If you want to learn how to become a CSI, there are a few things you should know.
The most important thing to know is that what you see on TV is just a small part of the job, and it isn’t near as exciting and dramatizing most of the time. This job requires long hours, hard work, being in dangerous environments and situations and dealing with death, violence, bodily fluids and any number of other unpleasant things. On top of that, it requires a tremendous amount of time and training.
On the plus side, it can be a financially fulfilling and rewarding career as well. You will be helping solve crimes, catch criminals and maybe saving lives. This is what makes all of the long training and hard work worth it for so many people.
The training includes at least 720 hours of scene processing broken into many different specialties. These include death investigation, major death, blood splatter and fingerprint analysis. You also will have to qualify to carry a gun and in most places pass all of the standard tests that police officers are required to take. It often helps to not only be in top physical shape, but to also have a background in the military or law enforcement as well as training in biology, chemistry, math and social interaction sciences.