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Education Question

Brandy
I have a quick question regarding furthering my education. I currently have a bachelors of science in criminal justice but I'd love to become a crime scene specialist, a forensic technician, or a latent print examiner. I haven't decided yet the #1 choice. So, with my current bachelors, no training, experience, or certifications what route do you recommend I take? What kind of graduate programs will increase my chances of being hired? Should I become certified in AFIS? Work on a certification in forensic science? Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks!
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Re: Education Question

Steve Staggs
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Brandy—

There are over 250 jobs listed in the employment opportunity page of the Crime Scene Investigator Network. Look through the job listings to see what the different agencies require in education.

My advice is to decide where you want to work, find out what they require in education and/or certification, and then get that level of education or certification.

To get in this career field you may find you need to move to a different location to get an entry level job. But once you have worked a while in that entry level position you will have the experience required for other jobs.

Brandy wrote
I have a quick question regarding furthering my education. I currently have a bachelors of science in criminal justice but I'd love to become a crime scene specialist, a forensic technician, or a latent print examiner. I haven't decided yet the #1 choice. So, with my current bachelors, no training, experience, or certifications what route do you recommend I take? What kind of graduate programs will increase my chances of being hired? Should I become certified in AFIS? Work on a certification in forensic science?

—Steve

Webmaster
Crime Scene Investigator Network
http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net
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Brandy
Thank you Steve! I appreciate the feedback. Ive been currently going through different positions to see the education requirements/certifications needed. It's definitely time consuming and challenging but hopefully well worth it. I don't have the option for relocation :( my husband is active duty military. That's why its taken me this long to build experience and land an entry level job (I graduated college May 2009). Any other advice you may have for me is always appreciated :) thanks again!

Brandy