Interview a CSI.

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Hi my name is Caitlyn and im in a class called College Success, and we have a project and it includes having to get someone who works in CSI to answer some questions. So if your a Crime Scene Investigator can you answer these please?
1.)What training or schooling is required to work there?
2.) Types of experience that helps to build an impressive resume?
3.)Suggestions or "inside tips" for persons pursuing this work?
4.)What benefits if any are typically offered(insurance, retirement plans, etc..)
5.)Working conditions and hours?
6.)Ongoing education requirements?
7.)Is employment in this field typically part-time or full-time?
8.)Is it difficult to obtain this position with today's occupational outlook?
9.) Do you enjoy working in this field?
10.)Are their options for career advancement?

If you can answer these a.s.a.p. that would be great.
Thank You.
-Caitlyn =)

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Re: Interview a CSI.

United Kingdom Crime Scene Examiner, so some of my answers may not be applicable.

1.)What training or schooling is required to work there?
A science degree is very useful.

2.) Types of experience that helps to build an impressive resume?
Photography, laboratory work.

3.)Suggestions or "inside tips" for persons pursuing this work?
Take up technical photography (not artistic, although a good portfolio of photographs would show your skills).

4.)What benefits if any are typically offered(insurance, retirement plans, etc..)
We (UK) get insurance through our union, and a government pension.

5.)Working conditions and hours?
Shift work - nine hour shifts, although with major incidents you would be expected to work through to the end of the scene examination.

6.)Ongoing education requirements?
In-house training to keep up to date with new equipment and techniques, refresher courses at a college about every four years, specialist training courses (arson investigation, vehicle examination).

7.)Is employment in this field typically part-time or full-time?
Full time.

8.)Is it difficult to obtain this position with today's occupational outlook?
Although a degree is not necessary (UK), the competition for posts is high, so a bachelors degree is required to get through the paper sift. Applications for CSI posts are high - it has become very popular because of television programs like CSI Miami etc. There are not that many posts available as most constabularies are tightening their belts due to the current economic climate.

9.) Do you enjoy working in this field?
Absolutely, every day is challenging.

10.)Are their options for career advancement?
Becoming a manager of a department, transferring to a forensic laboratory (more grades available).