If you ever watch CSI, you probably marvel at how quickly and easily they string evidence together? Their powers of intuition are fantastic. They always manage to find the right thing at the right time. True forensics and crime scene investigations are not always that convenient, but professionals in this field do manage to produce some pretty amazing cases. If you have ever wanted to enter this field, there are plenty of opportunities for you to catch the bad guys. However, don't expect all of your investigations to wrap up in an hour-long time slot.
What a crime scene technician does
As a crime scene technician, your job is to collect evidence, document the scene, and piece together plausible theories as to what happened. Homicides only comprise a small part of your work. You will also investigate break-ins, fights, kidnappings, and other types of crimes.
Becoming a crime scene technician
By becoming certified in this field, you will learn how to identify and gather evidence. Photography, DNA sampling, and fingerprinting are just some of the areas you'll need to study. Every item in and around a crime scene is potential evidence, so you'll need a discerning and critical eye. As well, you'll also need to develop patience since crime scene investigation is very slow and detailed work (despite what CSI might have you believe). You don't want to obscure or damage any evidence during your careful investigation, so it is crucial that you work very carefully and meticulously. Thanks to recent advances in technology, crime scene investigation has truly become an art form. You can help make the world a safer place.
Publish date: February 10, 2011