I am making the big change within the next weeks driving across the states to Miami.
My deisire is to me crime scene specialist at the scene and in the labs.
I have an associates in math.
I have an associats in science (chemistry)
I have a bachelors in Criminal Justice
I taken a few Computer Digital classes
I have 2 cerrticates of 16 hours traing crime scene (ballistics, blood splatter, photography)
I got a guard card
I got a California State required Gun.
I have about 3-4 years experience working in chemistry stock rooms at 2 colleges.
I dont know where to go when I get to miaim. Before the move I was planning in staying in california. I was going to go to UCR exstenicion program where they offfer 8 months crime scene tech fully certified.
I really need help in what to do. I want to find a job that I can get. Not into a sworn position. I do want to continue school. Maybe masters in Chemistry.
Anyone gone through the process and help me out? I am doing this on my own. Packing up the car and driving across to start a new life over there. Need to get away from califronia. I knnow a bunch of LAPD and can get work there but Miami is where I belong.
My advice, unless you're particularly well off, don't move with no fall back plan. You can't just go to the other side of the country and expect to be okay with no income. Other than that, you have a whole mess of things on your list of experience, if you want to call it that, not any one specific thing. I think you need to shape up what you want, then look ONLINE for positions you may be interested in, and apply to them. Don't move cross country with no way to support yourself, unless, like I said, you're well off. Oh, also, Crime Scene Technicians don't work in the field AND in labs, it's one or the other, and you need a lot of education to get into a lab, finish your education first, get that Master's in Chem, that will get you into a lab.
I agree with Liz. I moved from MN to FL in 2008 for college. I made a scouting trip beforehand to find an apartment and line up a job. Once I moved, the job wasn't there for me. Consequently, I lived near my school but had a 45-mile one-way commute each day (anywhere from 45 mins to 2 hours) to work. This was also after months of filling out many job applications. By all means, I encourage you to do it if it's what you want to do. Just don't think it will be easy. My rent and expenses were way over $1500 per month, and I worked and attended college full-time. I graduated in December 2008 and still haven't found anything in my field. I'm back in MN but have had interviews in WI, FL, TN, and TX. I've turned down more than I've attended simply because it is too expensive. I have spent thousands of dollars traveling to/from, only to hear that I've not been selected. I've applied for over 250 positions all over the country, so I am definitely not particular as to where I work/live. I really miss FL and want to move back, but unless I find a career job I simply cannot. The situation is tough, especially in crime scene, but if you're okay with working a "job-job" for a while until you find something else, then let it happen. Good luck to you.